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This time we are writing this blog about something close to home. The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), the governing body for Arizona State University (ASU), issued a federal lawsuit against the owner of the social media account “asu_covid.parties”. This individual claimed to organize “COVID parties”. The lawsuit is also against the social media platform Facebook. The account was originally created in Instagram. Facebook is Instagram’s parent company. The account had 23 posts and 970 followers before it was removed. COVID Parties What is a COVID party? Some have reported young people organizing parties without social distancing and face masks.…
Martin McCaulay saw the future coming. He suspected that the NFL franchise “Washington Redskins” will eventually replace its trademark. In 2019, McCaulay filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) dozens of trademarks applications the team may use to substitute the racially controversial name.  He filed for “Washington Pigskins,” “Washington Bravehearts”, “Washington Monuments,” and more. Offensive and racist brands are on their way out, even as the Supreme Court expanded the limits of free speech in trademark registrations.  We wrote a blog about this topic before. Companies are rebranding products such as Aunt Jemima and Land O
The war against fakes or counterfeit merchandise is getting real and deep. We already blogged about it. On our June 26th piece, we explained the recent actions taken by Amazon to block third party counterfeits or fake products on its platform, prompted by the passage of a new bill at the US House of Representatives. The name of the bill is Shop Safe Act. This bill it is not the law of the land yet……
This year has been one of protests and indignation for the number of deaths of black individuals by police forces across the USA.  The Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations against police brutality sparked also introspection into all forms of racism, not only the racism that hurts or kills. Some companies started to revise their hiring policies. Others were called out for their lack of black and brown representation in leadership positions. This long-overdue introspection……
After fighting for years to gain a path to legalization, immigrant youth got a temporary solution through an administrative process called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012, under the direction of President Obama. But Trump, with his anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic views and a mission to destroy Obama’s legacy, issued an executive order in September 2017 to halt the program in spite of the extensive documentation that asserts the success of the program. Those actions brought the decision about the existence of the program all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The litigation produced incredible…
Back in March of 2020, in a rare show of bipartisanship, the US House of Representatives put forward a bill that would make e-commerce companies such as Amazon legally liable for counterfeits sold on its platform, a much-awaited move to stem fake products coming from several countries.  The name of the bill is the Shop Safe Act. As a result of this no so subtle pressure, Amazon is stepping up the battle against counterfeits with the creation of a new team that will investigate fakes and will pursue criminal charges or lawsuits against companies. The new team is called Counterfeit
In December of 2019, with great fanfare, the United States Military announced the creation of a new branch to prepare the country for space warfare and name it Space Force. But there is a little problem: The name Space Force is already a registered trademark by Netflix. Not only that, but Netflix also registered “Space Force” as a trademark in several international jurisdictions such as Mexico, Australia, and Europe. Usually, leading media companies act fast……