On Monday, April 15th, 2019 the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Iancu v. Brunetti, which will likely address whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is facially invalid under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Erik Brunetti, a streetwear icon, was barred by the USPTO for receiving a trademark registration because his clothing company FUCT was considered immoral or scandalous.
- Justice Alito has unrecused himself, which he has previously done nine times, in the ongoing Oracle copyright case.
- The Supreme Court has two copyright cases on their January argument calendar. One will try to resolve when registration of a copyright claim has "been made."
The production company behind the Simpsons has filed trademark applications for their closing credits logo, animation, and jingle.
Levi's is suing Vineyard Vines over a tab with a small image of a whale on the back pocket of their jeans.
Yoko Ono stepped in to halt the sale of "John Lemon" lemonade.
Birkenstock stopped selling on Amazon last year due to a surge in counterfeits, but after a recent adjustment in one of Amazon's policies, Birkenstock's CEO wrote a blistering email to Amazon.