Breakfast Reading Time

FDA labels for food require a lot of information.  There are two main panels of requirements with lots of sub-requirements: Principal Display Panel Information Panel For the principal display panel (PDP), you need: The statement of identity, or name of the food, and The net quantity statement, or amount of product. In addition to that … Read more

The City that Stands 187 Feet Tall!

Our summer clerk comes through again to explain why certain Madison venues are the way they are. He may not appreciate all of the great winter activities available in our fair state and city, but he makes up for it by explaining some of our city’s quirks. Summertime is an excellent time (and one of … Read more

Duke vs. Duke – The Epic Trademark Battle That Never Happened

Alright everybody, file this one under: “Wow, he really likes video games and cartoons.” After my last fun post about Crazy Taxi, I got to thinking about two more great characters from my childhood – Duke Nukem (of Apogee \3d Realms fame) and Duke Nukem (Captain Planet’s radioactive nemesis). How could two identically named characters … Read more

Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers v TABC

In our ongoing coverage of the Supreme Court this term (apparently we’ve turned into a news feed), this week the United States Supreme Court weighed in on alcohol beverage distribution issues (Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Assn v. Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission, decided June 26, 2019). Justice Alito wrote the opinion for the majority (7-2), … Read more

FUCT Marks are Allowed

According to statue, someone could not register a trademark if it “[c]onsists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter; or matter which may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute; or a geographical indication which, when used on or in connection … Read more

The Legal Status of Mashup Music

I am a pretty big fan of mashup. If you haven’t heard of mashup music before, take a listen to Pandamonium [sic] by the White Panda: https://thewhitepanda.bandcamp.com/track/pandamonium-continuous-mix. “A mashup is a creative work, usually in a form of a song, created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of … Read more

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