Category Archives: Advertising Law

Advertising law news articles, reiews, notes and blog examples.

What is G?

Welcome to another edition of AlphaWatch. In addition to the prominent use of capital letter G on the front of these energy drink cans, the last line on them reads: "IT'S GAZZU!! HEY, GIMME A G." I thought that Gatorade's … Continue reading

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Fair use/aesthetic functionality save the Green Day

Seltzer v. Green Day, Inc., No. CV 10-2103 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 18, 2011) Seltzer, an artist, sued the band Green Day and related defendants for infringing his rights in Scream Icon, a drawing of a "dramatic image of a human … Continue reading

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Orgasm Inc.

This is a documentary of average quality with a few very sharp moments, probably worth watching if you're interested in the subject matter (medicalization of women's sexuality). But there's a non-patent IP angle! Part of the story is how the … Continue reading

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Louboutin in Danger of Losing the Red-Soled Trademark

In April of this year, shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, turned heads in the fashion and trademark crowds when the brand sued Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) for infringing Louboutin's signature look: red-soled shoes. Duets covered it here. Both interested lawyers and … Continue reading

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More intel on genericness, or a parody of trademark rights

Sometimes you can build up trademark rights, even spectacularly valuable ones, in a word that subsequently becomes a part of the English language. That's what happened to Intel, which shares its INTEL trademark with the rest of the English speaking … Continue reading

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