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Many U.S. trademark attorneys were surprised in early January when the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear Iancu v. Brunetti. 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. Brunetti is the second case before the Court in three years to consider the constitutionality of the federal ban on registering certain categories of trademarks under Section 1052(a) of the Lanham Act.
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By Christine K. Au-Yeung
NFTs have been all the rage in the world. So what exactly are NFTs, and how do they reconcile with the basic tenets of intellectual property law?
By Shaleen Patel
The Court cleared Google of copyright infringement in terminating a 16-year long dispute as to whether Google’s Android mobile platform had infringed Oracle’s Java programming language’s copyright. However, the Court did not answer the question of whether specific components of computer software qualifies for copyright protection at all.
By Chidera Anyanwu and Chloe Delehanty
In some instances the appearance of third-party intellectual property on items purchased, owned and customized by the purchaser may be legal under the doctrines of first sale and fair use.
By Jeffrey Ginsberg and Matthew Weiss
Federal Circuit: The Doctrine of Equivalents Is Not a Binary Choice
Federal Circuit: No Estoppel for Party That Joined IPR