Sep 19, 2018

Trademark Enforcement Hampered by Disappearance of Whois Data


The biggest recent development involving ICANN results from the general data protection regulation known as GDPR and the regulation which became fully effective on May 25, 2018. Due to the regulation, ICANN decided to require domain name registries to remove public access to the contact names and details of domain name registrants. This action was… Read more

Sep 12, 2018

Is Fair Use Still Fair?


A recent decision from the Eastern District of Virginia took an expansive view on the fair use defense to copyright infringement that calls into question the scope of copyright protection for photographers. In Brammer v. Violent Hues Productions, LLC, a photographer sued a festival organizer for copyright infringement based on using the photographer’s time-lapse photo… Read more

Sep 4, 2018

Intellectual Property Implications in Business Decisions

As a business owner, it is important to research any intellectual property concerns before proceeding with an idea, especially when it concerns the intellectual property rights of well-known companies in the entertainment industry. On August 29, 2018, the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted a preliminary injunction to Disney that… Read more

Aug 30, 2018

Ninth Circuit Holds Mere “Remastering” of Pre-1972 Sound Recording Does Not Entitle It to Federal Copyright Protection


On August 20, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s ruling that digital remastering of pre-1972 sound recordings creates a new sound recording entitled to copyright protection.[1]  In so holding, the Ninth Circuit rejected the Defendant radio broadcasters’ claims that, because the pre-1972 sound recordings had been remastered from analog sound… Read more

Aug 23, 2018

It’s Time for Something New


Here at SGR, we like to keep our clients and friends up-to-date on recent developments in the law, as well as on recent news from our firm.  As part of this effort, we publish periodic newsletters and blogs  on a wide range of legal topics.  Our goal is to keep our clients and contacts informed on… Read more

Aug 15, 2018

National Grange Again Victorious in the Eastern District of California


On August 13, 2018, Judge Shubb of the Eastern District of California awarded sweeping relief to SGR client the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry (the “Grange”), the nation’s oldest agricultural fraternal organization.  For years, California has been the epicenter of a heated battle between the Grange and the former leader of… Read more

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