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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

Licensor Need Not Reimburse Licensee for Unauthorized Advertising Expenses in China

China - November 17 2020 The manufacturer of REDBULL brand energy drinks in China, T.C. Pharmaceuticals Industries (“T.C. Pharma”), has successfully defeated an intellectual…

B. Brett Heavner

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

Supreme Court of China: HONDA Can Put the Brakes on Exportation of HONDAKIT

China, USA - August 31 2020 The Supreme Court of China recently held that manufacturers with trademark registrations in China may ask China Customs to prevent counterfeit or…

B. Brett Heavner

Patent Filings Doom Registered Trade Dress in Seventh Circuit

USA - May 8 2020 The Seventh Circuit recently considered the line that is drawn between what patent law protects and what Trademark Law protects. The patent system…

Margaret A. Esquenet