Apr 19, 2018

Take-Two – No Slam Dunk

blacked dunk basketball

Judge Laura Taylor Swain recently denied a motion for judgment on the pleadings filed by Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., a video game developer, publisher and marketer, and its wholly owned subsidiary, 2K Games, Inc. (together “Take-Two”).  The lawsuit accuses Take-Two of committing copyright infringement due to its use of various tattoos (registered with the U.S…. Read more

Apr 18, 2018

National Grange Victorious in Vacating Satisfaction of Judgment

Gavel and Money

On April 17, 2018, the Eastern District of California set aside a partial satisfaction of judgment at the request of client the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry (the “National Grange”) when it came to light that an attorney fee award had been improperly paid with monies belonging to the National Grange’s… Read more

Apr 12, 2018

Ninth Circuit Affirms ‘Blurred Lines’ Infringement Verdict in 2-1 Opinion

Recording Studio Microphone

On March 21, 2018, a federal appeals court upheld a jury’s finding that Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the copyright of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and Clifford Harris, Jr.’s song “Blurred Lines” was the world’s best-selling single in 2013.   The family of Gaye, who died in… Read more

Mar 29, 2018

SGR Client National Grange Successful in the 9th Circuit

National Grange

In March 2013, The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry (“National Grange”) brought an action for trademark infringement and unfair competition against the California Guild (“California Guild”), previously trading as the California State Grange. On July 14, 2015, the District Court for the Eastern District of California granted the National Grange’s Motion… Read more

Mar 8, 2018

Dr. Madhavi Sriram Joins SGR’s IP Department as Patent Science Advisor

SGR is pleased to announce that Dr. Madhavi Sriram recently joined the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department as a Patent Science Advisor.  Working with the firm’s patent attorneys, Dr. Sriram will assist the firm’s clients with respect to patent application preparation and filing, and other patent-related matters. Dr. Sriram has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, a Masters in… Read more

Feb 22, 2018

Western Brand Owners Hit by Russian Constitutional Court Ruling in Parallel Import Case

ECG Paper

On February 13, 2018, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation issued a decision in favor of a Russian parallel importer, holding that the destruction of original medical devices imported without the trademark owner’s consent was an excessive remedy under the facts of the case, and authorizing the lower courts to consider the bad faith… Read more

Feb 15, 2018

Russian Roadmap for Competition in Healthcare Targets Innovative Drug Developers

Prescription Drugs

On January 12, 2018, the Russian Federation published an ambitious Roadmap For Development of Competition in Healthcare, including the latest shot across the bow of innovative drug developers, who are bracing for the possible loss of antitrust immunity, the establishment of procedures for compulsory licensing of pharmaceutical patents, the loss of exclusivity to data in… Read more

Jan 25, 2018

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Orders USPTO to Register BOOKING.COM as a Protected Trademark

Online travel agency

In 2012, Booking.com B.V. (“Booking.com”) filed four trademark applications for the mark Booking.com for services in class 39 – travel agency services – and class 43 – making hotel reservations. The USPTO initially rejected all four applications on the ground that BOOKING.COM is generic as applied to the relevant services and, in the alternative, that… Read more

Jan 18, 2018

Finding of Likelihood of Confusion Despite Consent Agreement


On October 30, 2017 the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed the refusal of registration of the 8-BIT ALEWORKS mark on the ground of a likelihood of confusion with the 8 BIT BREWING COMPANY registered marks and composite mark (shown below) under Section 2(d) of the Lanham Act, 15 USC Section 1052(d). The applicant’s… Read more

Jan 10, 2018

For 2017, The Supreme Court Flips the Two Busiest Patent Venues


For years, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas and the District of Delaware have seen the most patent infringement cases filed by far over the several other courts spread throughout the United States.  Texas led Delaware for years, based in part on a perceived bias in favor of plaintiffs, particularly small… Read more