Open Source “Piggybacking”

In a previous post, we described a lawsuit filed by Rosetta Stone against competitors for “piggybacking” Rosetta Stone’s trademarks in an attempt to divert website traffic.  CNet columnist Matt Asay analogizes this situation to an open source problem here. The open source software development culture thrives on access and sharing of oftentimes copyrightable source code. …

Nice shoes, are they Christian Louboutins or YSL knockoffs?

http://www.mshtechlaw.com/blog/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=page The red bottoms of Christian Louboutin shoes make each pair instantly recognizable; Christian Louboutin filed a lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent for trademark infringement when the brand’s 2011 shoe collection featured shoes with red bottoms. Louboutin claims that the shoes are virtually identical and are likely to confuse consumers.  Despite the fact that the…

Warner Bros. knocks out Mike Tyson’s tattooist in ‘Hangover Part II’ copyright suit

S. Victor Whitmill, the tattoo artist who created and tattooed Mike Tyson’s facial tribal tattoo, filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for copyright infringement on April 28, 2011.  Whitmill claims that the facial tattoo appearing on Ed Helms’s character Stu Price in The Hangover Part II infringes on Whitmill’s rights to the tattoo that he…

Top 15 Comical Trademark Applications

The Business Insider ran an article containing what it deemed to be some of the most ridiculous trademark attempts.  Some of the applications were approved and some were not so lucky.  A summary of the trademarks is below. 15. Jersey Shore Star, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi trademark application for “Snooki” was denied by the United States Patent…