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A trademark that falsely suggests products are made of a specific type of material when they are not, can still be trademarked

A trademark that falsely suggests products are made of a specific type of material when they are not, can still be trademarked

Applicant applied to register HYDZ for “apparel not made of…animal hides, namely, sweatpants and sweatshirts for casual wear or for wear during exercise.” The TTAB over turned the Examiner’s refusal and allowed the trademark to be registered. This cases touches on two interesting and related technical trademark issues. FIRST: Descriptive ... Read More »

Finalized Medicare 60-Day Overpayment Rule Goes Into Effect Today – Providers Are You Ready?

Finalized Medicare 60-Day Overpayment Rule Goes Into Effect Today – Providers Are You Ready?

In 2010 the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) implemented a 60-day reporting and refund requirement for Medicare overpayments.[1] Any provider that has received an overpayment is required to report and return the overpayment within “60 days after the date on which the overpayment was identified.”[2] An overpayment occurs when a provider ... Read More »

Copyright controversy: nfl players’ in-game performances protected by individual publicity rights

Copyright controversy: nfl players’ in-game performances protected by individual publicity rights

In a decision issued Friday,February 26, 2016 the Eighth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment ruling against NFL athletes John Frederick Dryer, Elvin Lamont Bethea, and Edward Alvin White. The dispute dates back to 2009 when a number of ex-NFL athletes sued the NFL, alleging in part that the NFL misappropriated ... Read More »

Increase in ransomware leading to start-up company specializing in the technology behind bitcoin

Increase in ransomware leading to start-up company specializing in the technology behind bitcoin

Digital Asset Holdings LLC, a start-up company specializing in the blockchain technology for the financial services industry recently announced that it has entered into business relationships with Accenture, Broadridge and PricewaterhouseCoopers to ensure faster adoption of its product. According to chief executive officer at Digital Asset Holdings, “These alliances will ... Read More »

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