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Default judgment granted in copyright suit (access required)

The court awarded damages and attorneys’ fees for copyright infringement through the Defendants’ alleged use of a torrent network. Plaintiff ME2, which holds the copyright to the film “Mechanic: Resurrection,” alleges that defendants Mohamed Ahmed, Marisol Amaya, Daud Jan, and ...

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Nonprofit’s unattributed photos were fair use (access required)

Defendant Media Research Center Inc. did not infringe on Plaintiff Larry Philpot’s copyright by obtaining his photos from Wikimedia and using them without attribution on the Center’s own website. Philpot is a professional photographer who, as part of his work, ...

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Sales Ratio Comparison Stated False Ad Claim (access required)

In this dispute between two producers of “wood-alternative decking,” a Harrisonburg U.S. District Court dismisses as “puffery” plaintiff’s Lanham Act claims based on statements that defendant is “number one” and the “preferred premium leader” in product categories, but refuses to ...

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No Preliminary Injunction for Store Brand Mark (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court denies a preliminary injunction to plaintiff Kroger Company to stop defendant Lidl, a supermarket chain based in Germany, from using its “Preferred Selection” mark for its store brand of products, which Kroger says can be ...

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Prevent employees from walking off with trade secrets

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More on Employment Law in Virginia By Clyde Findley and Ryen Rasmus Intellectual property law is com­plicated. It protects legal rights associated with intangible and never-before-seen items. The IP field is full of jargon and contradic­tions, has few bright-line rules, ...

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Website Photo Use Violated Copyright (access required)

A Charlottesville U.S. District Court grants plaintiff’s motion for default judgment in his copyright infringement action against defendant African American Matchmaking for violations of 17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq. by using plaintiff’s copyrighted photograph multiple times on the AAM ...

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Court Upholds Patent Lawyer’s Suspension (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court upholds a two-year suspension of plaintiff patent attorney’s license to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on charges including his having signed a paper filed with the USPTO without first conducting a reasonable ...

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No Mark Infringement by Haircare Product (access required)

In this trademark infringement suit, the 4th Circuit affirms summary judgment for defendant manufacturer of salon-sold, haircare products called “Hair Shield 450,” on an infringement claim filed by plaintiff seller who used a stylized logo on its “f450” products; despite ...

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