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Reverse Confusion in China: Michael Kors Ordered Not to Use Its MK Logos Standing Alone

China, USA - October 1 2020 Luxury brand Michael Kors has been enjoined from using its MK logos standing alone because the MK mark had been previously registered by a local…

B. Brett Heavner

No Future for Copyright or Trade Dress Protection for Personal Planner Layout

USA - November 17 2020 The layout of personal planners is an “idea” and not an “expression”—and is thus not protected by Copyright Law according to the Tenth Circuit…

Margaret A. Esquenet

At Oral Argument Justices Consider Copyright Protection for Legal Annotations

USA - December 18 2019 On December 2, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on Georgia’s appeal of the 11th Circuit’s decision invalidating copyright protection…

Margaret A. Esquenet, B. Brett Heavner

The Danger of Being Too “Fearlessly Independent” from Your Chinese Brand: New Balance Loses Appeal Under Doctrine of Foreign Equivalents in China

China, USA - April 1 2021 In February, The Higher People’s Court for Beijing rejected New Balance’s petition to cancel a third party’s registration of the Chinese mark 新百伦…

B. Brett Heavner, Celine (Lin) Ming

Supreme Court to Determine Copyright Protection for Legal Annotations and Commentary

USA - June 24 2019 On June 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider whether state and local governments, as well as legal publishers, can claim copyright to…

Margaret A. Esquenet, B. Brett Heavner