Recent Posts by Michael Thomas

2-4-6-8! SCOTUS Finds Copyright In Cheerleading Uniform Designs

The Supreme Court recently weighed in on one of the more esoteric areas of copyright law in the Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands case. At issue was whether designs on cheerleading uniforms were copyrightable subject matter. The decision, which affirmed the 6th Circuit’s overruling of the district court’s denial of protection in the designs, brings…
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New CA Cannabis Trademark Registrations Could Give Lawmakers Headaches

A bill was recently introduced in the California legislature that among other things would create classifications of trademark registrations for cannabis goods and services, but these additions may cause problems for legislators due to conflicts with existing state trademark registration rules. Assembly Bill No. 64 (AB 64) was introduced on December 12, 2016 to harmonize…
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Hollywood Age Discrimination Law on the Ropes After Recent Decision

A recent decision by a federal court in California has called into question the constitutionality of a state law aimed at preventing age discrimination in the entertainment industry. In, Inc. v. Becerra, the online film and entertainment website IMDb won a preliminary injunction request allowing it to continue listing actors’ ages in their online…
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More Stringent Trademark Registration Maintenance Rules Coming Soon

Starting on February 17, 2017 (that's this Friday folks) USPTO trademark examiners will have the ability to request additional evidence of continued use of registered trademarks when maintenance filings cross their desks. After a trademark is registered, owners must make periodic filings with the USPTO to maintain their registrations, specifically at the 5 and 10-year…
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