Intellectual Property


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Seattle Attack Blamed on Karaoke, Coldplay

A 21-year-old woman was arrested and booked last Thursday after she assaulted a man during an karaoke performance.  Witnesses reported the man was attempting the Coldplay song "Yellow" when the woman lost control and attacked him. Personally, I was surprised…


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Court Reverses The Taster’s $15-Million Award

On June 29, the California Court of Appeal reversed the judgment for Russell Christoff in his lawsuit against Nestle’s.  As I’ve written about before, Christoff, a former model, happened to be in a store one day in 2002 and saw…



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Andy Griffith’s Suit Against Andy Griffith Dismissed

Last fall I reported on a campaign by Andy Griffith to become the new sheriff of Grant County, Wisconsin.  Griffith had formerly been William Harold Fenrick, but changed his name to Andrew (Jackson) Griffith so that he could run for…


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Japanese Candidate Says He Will Win By Outliving Opponents

Having just lost in his fourth attempt to become Governor of Tokyo, famous inventor Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu was undaunted and said he would run up to 16 more times if necessary.  He also said he did not believe age would…


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PTO Refuses to Register “Obama Bin Laden” Trademark

Earlier this week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office informed Alexandre Batlle that it would not register the proposed trademark "OBAMA BIN LADEN," which of course conflates the names of presidential candidate "Barack Obama" and non-presidential-candidate "Osama bin Laden."  Batlle…


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NFL QB Demands Mom Stop Using Him in Campaign Commercials

On October 20th, Saints quarterback Drew Brees (or his agents, anyway) sent his mom a letter demanding that she cease and desist using his name and likeness in a TV commercial. Mina Brees is running for a spot on the…



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Clown Suit Threatened

Happy the Clown and other Bay Area clowns received threatening letters last week from Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP, a New York firm, telling the clowns to cease and desist from wearing costumes that look too much like characters…