Faruki Blog

Trademarks: Dumb Starbucks and the Parody Exception to Trademark Dilution

In 2014, Starbucks briefly appeared to have gained a new competitor in Los Angeles: Dumb Starbucks. Dumb Starbucks looked exactly like a normal.. Read More

"Likelihood of Consumer Confusion" – The Heart of Trademark Infringement Lawsuit (Authored by Faruki Law Clerk Damini Mohan)

We encounter numerous trademarks each day.  The breakfast cereal we consume, the shampoo or perfume we use, the soda we drink on a hot summer day,.. Read More

One That Got Away: How a California Court Determined That a Bee is a Fish

The decision in Almond Alliance of California v. Fish and Game Commission, (2022) 79 Cal.App.5th 337, which held that, for purposes of California's.. Read More

Trademarks: Creation and Cessation (Authored by Faruki Law Clerk Terrel P. Benne)

A trademark is not just a protected symbol or slogan, rather trademarks serve as a company’s identity. But how are trademarks created?  The short.. Read More

Patents: Who Owns this Invention?

"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective.. Read More

"Hmm…Is That Copyrightable?": An Overview of Protectable Content Under the Copyright Act of 1976

Whether it's a nifty idea you had for a drawing that you end up sketching out one evening or a new clip you shot last weekend to edit and upload to.. Read More

The Pain In Verein: What a $32 Million Verdict Teaches About Litigating Legal Malpractice Claims

The April 28, 2022 Ohio appellate court opinion in RevoLaze LLC v. Dentons US LLP, 8th Dist. Cuyahoga No. 109742, 2022-Ohio-1392, which affirmed a.. Read More

It's Art, But Is It Transformative? The Supreme Court Decides to Address a Thorny Issue of Copyright Law in Warhol

On March 28, 2022, the Supreme Court agreed to review Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith, 11 F.4th 26 (2nd Cir. 2021), in.. Read More

Published or Perish: The Federal Circuit Disallows "Admitted" Prior Art as a Basis for Inter Partes Review

Last month, in Qualcomm, Inc. v. Apple Inc., No. 2020-1558, 2029-1559, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 2836 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 1, 2022), the Federal Circuit.. Read More

Try Not to Think About a Polar Bear:  The Palin v. NYT Verdict

On Feb. 15, 2022, the defamation case brought by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin against the New York Times concluded with a jury verdict for the.. Read More