May 31, 2018  On May 25, 2018, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) went into effect with the aim of standardizing data protection laws for businesses that, among other things, collect, retain and/or use the personal data of European Union (“EU”) residents. Businesses across the world are trying to determine what impact the GDPR data…

May 30, 2018  Before filing a trademark/service mark (the “mark”) application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), one should assess the strength of the subject mark and research its availability in the USPTO database. Once it is determined that the mark may be available and registerable, then an application may be filed….

May 23, 2018 In the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision striking the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (“PASPA”), one of its original authors, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, has said that he intends to introduce a bill that would legalize sports gambling on a federal level.  Among the reasons that Senator Hatch believes…

May 22, 2018  The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced that it reached a proposed settlement in an alleged invention-promotion business scam with Mr. Scott Cooper and his companies, World Patent Marketing, Inc. and Desa Industries, Inc. (collectively “Defendants”).  The FTC investigation led to the filing of a formal complaint against the Defendants alleging that…

May 21, 2018 On May 14, 2018, a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class action lawsuit filed by Plaintiff John Herrick (“Herrick”) in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona against Defendant GoDaddy.com, LLC (“GoDaddy”) was dismissed. The TCPA prohibits the making of any call, including sending text messages, using an automatic…

May 18, 2018 In the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision striking the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), Assemblyman Adam Gray has announced his intention to move forward with plans to amend California’s constitution in order to legalize sports gambling. What are the prospects of legalized sports gambling in California?

May 17, 2018 In March 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision vacating portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) 2015 Order. This decision will have a profound impact on how the Telephone Consumer Protect Act (“TCPA”) and its implementing regulations will be both interpreted and revisited in…

Sports Gambling to Proceed on a State LevelAmy DiPierro, The Desert Sun Published 6:22 p.m. PT May 14, 2018 | Updated 10:58 a.m. PT May 15, 2018 SportsPulse: Supreme Court reporter Richard Wolf breaks down the SCOTUS ruling on sports betting in the United States, and what it could mean for the future of gambling…

May 15, 2018 The Louisiana State Legislature recently passed a bill to legalize fantasy sports contests within the State.  The fantasy sports bill will now be sent to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk for signature.   What are the notable aspects of the Louisiana fantasy sports bill?

May 14, 2018 In 2016, rapper/producer, Andre Young, known professionally as “Dr. Dre,” filed oppositions to trademark applications filed by OB-GYN, Dr. Draion Burch, for protection of medical goods and services provided under the name, “Dr. Drai.” After two years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) found in…

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