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The Advertising Law Blog provides commentary and news on developing legal issues in advertising, promotional marketing, Internet, and privacy law. This blog is sponsored by the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions group at Olshan. The practice is geared to servicing the needs of the advertising, promotional marketing, and digital industries with a commitment to providing personal, efficient and effective legal service.

Showing 38 posts in Copyright, Trademark and Other Intellectual Property.

Lost In Translation?

In today’s global marketplace, it is more important than ever for a brand owner to be aware of international considerations while building and marketing the brand in the United States. There are many similarities in the laws across the various jurisdictions in the world, although there are also significant differences, and a brand owner can run into serious or unintended consequences when expanding the brand into other countries. Brand owners should not assume that activities permitted or appropriate in the United States are also permitted and appropriate elsewhere. Many of these issues were discussed recently in Moscow at a conference of international intellectual property lawyers at which I presented, as the United States representative, on a panel entitled “Brand Protection Strategy in the United States and Russia.” The conference was a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Russian law firm Gorrodissky & Partners. Read More ›

New ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse Open for Business

By William MacDonald*

In anticipation of the rapid expansion of the number of top-level domain names from the current handful (.com, .net., .mobi, .jobs, etc.) to well over 1,000, earlier this week ICANN's new Trademark Clearinghouse opened for business. Read More ›

Copyright Act's "First Sale" Doctrine Applies to Copies of a Copyrighted Work Lawfully Made Abroad

By William MacDonald*

In a decision published last week, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Inc., the United States Supreme Court held that the "first sale" doctrine under the United States Copyright Act applies to copies of a copyrighted work lawfully made abroad. Read More ›

The FTC Announced Its Annual Top 10 Complaint Categories list

The categories in the 2012 Annual Report are important as they typically portend future FTC scrutiny and enforcement for businesses in such areas. Read More ›

Copyright Owners, Leading Internet Service Providers to Implement Copyright Alert System

By William MacDonald*

The Center for Copyright Information will soon implement a subscriber monitoring and alert system in which copyright owners and ISPs will monitor Internet traffic in an attempt to help identify potentially infringing peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material. Read More ›

Webinar on Cloud Computing: Keeping Employee, Customer and Confidential Information Safe

Olshan will present a webinar called Cloud Computing: Keeping Employee, Customer and Confidential Information Safe on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. EDT. CLE credit will be available for this complimentary program. Read More ›

The FTC Guides for Jewelry are Changing

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) Jewelry Guides explain to businesses how to avoid making deceptive claims about precious metal, pewter, diamond, gemstone, and pearl products, and when they should make disclosures to avoid unfair or deceptive trade practices. Read More ›

Federal Trade Commission Sues Wyndham Following Series of Data Security Breaches

By William MacDonald*

Last week the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") filed a lawsuit against Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and three of its subsidiaries (collectively, "Wyndham") accusing them of failing to protect consumers' personal information leading to a series of three data security breaches over a two-year period. Read More ›

FTC Announces Public Workshop on Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Pet Medication Industry

The Federal Trade Commission announced that it will host a one-day public workshop on October 2, 2012, to examine competition and consumer protection issues in the pet medications industry. Read More ›

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