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Internet, Technology, Trademark & Advertising Alerts

Internet, Technology, Trademark & Advertising Alerts

To keep our innovative clients apprised of the legal developments that can affect them most, attorneys in the firm’s Technology & Data and Advertising, Marketing & Trademark groups post the latest legal cases and alerts.


Dear Debtor, Pay Up or Lose Your Domain Name

March 24, 2016

On March 23, 2016, the state’s high court clarified that domain names are property subject to garnishment under Minnesota law. 

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Picking a Good Trademark – Be Intelligent, But Not Necessarily “Smart”

February 10, 2016

In a precedential decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board affirmed the examining attorney’s refusal to register SMART SERIES because the mark was merely descriptive. 

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Oklahoma Pizza Joint Serves Up Lawsuit on Carlson Lynch Law Firm

February 8, 2016

Oklahoma-based pizzeria Mazzio’s Italian Eatery filed a preemptive “declaratory” lawsuit in federal district court against the Carlson Lynch law firm on February 2, 2016.

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What’s In a Title? Maybe a Trademark

February 2, 2016

A recent decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board serves as a good reminder that the title of a single work cannot be a trademark. Independent Media Corporation (PVT) Ltd. v. BOL Enterprise (PVT) Ltd., decided January 14, 2016.

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Risky Business: Behaviors That Can Put Trademark Applications and/or Registrations At Risk

January 22, 2016

Read more for a trademark trial and appeal board update.

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Steve Helland’s Highlights from the Midwest Data Privacy & Security Conference

January 18, 2016

As in past years, the Minnesota Bar Association’s “Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy & Data Security“ was fantastic.

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Cyber Liability Insurance Seminar – March 22, 2016

January 6, 2016

Join attorney Steve Helland as he discusses the current and future role of cyber liability insurance, how insurance and contractual risk transfer interplay and how to create a best-in-class cyber risk strategy for your business. 

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Lawsuits Rise: Blind Plaintiffs Sue Additional Retailers for Website Accessibility/ADA Claims

December 28, 2015

Patagonia, Ace Hardware, Aeropostale, Bed Bath & Beyond and Estee Lauder are the most recent companies sued by blind plaintiffs, alleging their websites are not accessible to the blind as required by the ADA.

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You Think Your Product is “Made in the USA,” But Does the FTC?

December 17, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently investigated Niall Luxury Goods over whether the firm overstated the extent to which its watches are made in the U.S. 

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Department of Justice Delays Regulations on Website Accessibility – Plaintiff Firms Send Demands Against Website Operators

December 2, 2015

On November 19, the Department of Justice announced it is further delaying issuing guidance on what is required of website operators to be compliant under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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