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Earlier this year, fashion brand Steven Madden, Ltd. filed a declaratory judgment action against Jasmin Larian, LLC in a trademark dispute involving the latter’s Cult Gaia “Ark” bag, a structured handbag made of interlocking rigid strips arranged in a half-moon shape. The dispute arose after Larian’s counsel had sent a cease and desist correspondence to Madden requesting that it cease and desist from the marketing and sale of Madden’s virtually identical “BShipper” bag. In its papers, Madden seeks a declaration that the “Ark” design is generic and not protectable because it “slavishly copies the traditional Japanese bamboo picnic bag design … from the 1940s.”
By James A. Trigg and Bethany R. Nelson
In Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split decades in the making by holding that a copyright is not “registered” within the meaning of the Copyright Act unless and until a registration certificate actually has issued.
By Dana Justus and Monica Riva Talley
This case should determine the availability of federal trademark registration for “immoral” and “scandalous” marks – in this case, the acronym “FUCT” for a clothing line.
By Arthur Beeman
The Federal Circuit’s Threat to Software Innovation in the Oracle v. GoogleDecisions<
The Federal Circuit decisions in the Oracle v. Google copyright case rattled Silicon Valley not simply because the decisions upended software developers’ understandings of copyright law, but also because the decisions do not comport with the disruptive ethos of the technology industry.
By Christine E. Weller
In celebration of International Women’s Day two years ago, State Street Global Advisors unveiled Fearless Girl at Bowling Green in the Financial District in Manhattan. Commissioned by State Street from the artist Kristen Visbal, the work has since become a part of the zeitgeist amidst global conversations about gender parity, diversity, and inclusion on a broader scale. Now, some two years later, Fearless Girl is raising additional intellectual property questions.