Whiskey Bottle Dog Toy

The Ninth Circuit partially vacated a ruling in favor of Jack Daniel’s in a dispute with a dog toy company that produced a chew toy that looked like a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Black Label Tennessee Whiskey, finding the whiskey company’s trade dress and bottle design were entitled to trademark protection, but the dog toy company used the design to convey a humorous message, which was protected by the First Amendment.

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Ninth Circuit Asked to Time-Travel to Resolve Comic-Con Trademark War

Considering whether to travel back in time 50 years to resolve a trademark question not considered by a jury when it found San Diego Comic-Con’s mark is enforceable, a Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday questioned whether the term “Comic Con” was generic when first used by the decades-old comic convention.

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EU Fines NBCUniversal for Restricting Film Merchandise Sales

European Union authorities have fined NBCUniversal for restricting cross-border sales of “Jurassic Park” toys, “Minions” school bags, “Big Lebowski” mugs and other licensed film merchandise, in the bloc’s latest regulatory effort to enforce the competition rules governing its single market.

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