Owners of copyright in characters are often well-advised not to press their claims too far in litigation at the risk of losing their rights altogether. This may be what motivated
Continue Reading Follow Up: Enola Holmes Case Settles, Leaves Unsolved Mysteries

A planned Netflix movie about Sherlock Holmes’s sister is the target of a lawsuit from the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the legendary detective. The estate has
Continue Reading Sherlock Holmes’s Sister Subject of Copyright Infringement Claim

Just over a year ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a century-old ban prohibiting the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) from registering
Continue Reading Supreme Court to Decide Whether “Scandalous Clause” Passes Constitutional Muster

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It is not often that a court of law can issue a landmark opinion laden with profanity and sexual innuendos.  But last Friday,
Continue Reading Federal Circuit Decision Leaves Lanham Act’s Provision Barring Registration of Immoral and Scandalous Marks “FUCT”

Charlie Nelson Keever writes:

The Supreme Court ruled this morning that a federal law that prohibits the government from registering trademarks that “disparage” others violates the First Amendment.

Members of
Continue Reading Supreme Court: The Slants Keep Their Name – “Disparagement” Clause Violates the First Amendment