Jul 16, 2018

SGR Partner Bruce McDonald Joined Leading Representatives of the Russian Pharmaceutical Industry at the Invitation of the Russian Ministry of Health

(Photographed from left to right) Dmitry Chagin, Chairman,  Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of the Eurasian Economic Union; Anna Guseva, Partner, Ernst & Young; Zakhar Galant, Russian Ministry of Health; Vitaliy Kastalskiy, Managing Partner, AK Patent Group; and Bruce McDonald, Partner, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 17,… Read more


Jun 27, 2018

NAD Rebuffs Unsubstantiated Salad Spinner Ad Claims

Zyliss Advertised that its Salad Spinner was 25% more effective than competing brands

A recent National Advertising Division decision concerning salad spinners reminds us that precise claims require precise substantiation, no matter the nature of the product. DKB Household USA Corp. (Zyliss SwiftDry Salad Spinner), Report #6188, NAD/CARU Case Reports (May 22, 2018). In Zyliss, the advertiser made a variety of quantified claims all boiling down to one… Read more


Jun 21, 2018

SGR’s Kirsch to Present at the European Patent Office in The Hague, Netherlands

Speaking to Audience

SGR’s Greg Kirsch, partner and Head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, has been invited to make a presentation at the European Patent Office (EPO), in the Hague, Netherlands, on July 5, 2018. The EPO, established in 1977 and operating under the European Patent Convention, in parallel with but separate from the European Union, is… Read more


Jun 5, 2018

SGR Partner Bruce McDonald Published in Two Peer-Reviewed Journals

SGR Partner Bruce McDonald is the lead author on two articles appearing in peer-reviewed journals involving international intellectual property and legislative initiatives in the Russian Federation to restrict the scope of patent and data protection in the pharmaceutical sector.  One of the articles is in the current issue of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal and appears… Read more


May 31, 2018

New Developments: Disappearing Data: WHOIS Blackout

Further to our IP alert on May 22, two important developments have taken place in the last few days. First, on Friday, May 25 ICANN filed a legal action in Germany against EPAG, a German ICANN accredited registrar, seeking a ruling by the court on the continued ability of the registrar to collect WHOIS data… Read more


May 10, 2018

SGR Partners, Kirsch and Long, Recognized in Georgia by Chambers USA for Intellectual Property

PR Chambers 2018

SGR is pleased to announce that two of its Intellectual Property attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The prestigious legal guide, published annually by London-based Chambers & Partners, identifies leading lawyers and law firm practices based on interviews conducted by Chambers researchers with thousands… Read more


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