February 2011

February 10, 2011 3:40 PM | Posted by Edwards, Nathaniel | Permalink

The Pac-10 Conference will add the University of Colorado and the University of Utah to its league next fall and will subsequently undergo a rebranding from the PAC-10 to the PAC-12. Whether rebranding or launching a new brand, one important consideration should be whether the domain names you want to use for your brand are available. The Pac-10 just found out that PAC12.COM - likely the most vital domain name for the launch of the Pac-10’s new brand - is registered to someone else.  

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February 8, 2011 1:11 PM | Posted by Horne, Alexa | Permalink
Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. ("Bimbo") is one of the four largest companies in the U.S. baking industry. Bimbo and its affiliates produce and distribute a wide range of well-known baked goods, including Thomas’, Entenmann’s, Arnold, Orowheat and Boboli. In February 2010, the Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Bimbo’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Chris Botticella ("Botticella"), enjoining him from accepting an offer of employment with Hostess Brands, Inc. ("Hostess"), one of Bimbo’s competitors, based on misappropriation of trade secrets involving Thomas’ English Muffins’ "nooks and crannies." Botticella appealed the lower court decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the appellate court affirmed the lower court’s order and remanded the case back to the lower court read more
February 3, 2011 5:44 PM | Posted by Hayden, Bruce | Permalink
A patent law reform bill, S. 23, was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee of the 112th Congress . It is very similar to S. 515 that expired with the final adjournment of the 111th Congress in December 2010. read more
February 1, 2011 5:54 PM | Posted by Brody-Brown, Dana | Permalink

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently held that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) erred as a matter of law in applying the three-part test for primarily geographically deceptively misdescriptive marks. Guantanamera Cigar Co. v. Corporacion Habanos, S.A., Civil Action No. 08-0721 (RCL), 2010 WL 3035750 (D.D.C., August 5, 2010) reversing and remanding the prior TTAB decision in Corporacion Habanos, S.A. v. Guantanamera Cigar Co., 86 USPQ2d 1473 (TTAB 2008) [precedential].

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