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Category Archives: Intellectual Property

October 2015 – gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

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The first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the “dot” in a domain name) have launched their “Sunrise” registration periods. As of the date of this post, Sunrise periods are open for the following new gTLDs: .pohl .allfinanz .trading .spreadbetting .cfd .swiss .xn--45q11c (八卦 for “gossip” in Chinese) .forex .broker .earth .gdn …

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Ninth Circuit “Twists” Things Up for IP Protection in Yoga

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In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a certain yoga sequence developed by legendary yoga teacher Bikram Choudhury was not eligible for copyright protection.  The Court’s decision was based on the fundamental copyright principle known as the “idea/expression dichotomy,” which states that copyright protection is limited to …

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With This Ring, I Thee Infringe re: Tiffany’s Jewelry Trademark

If you’re ready to really do it─to get down on one knee and take the plunge─Costco has made the whole process much simpler.  Stop by and pick up an authentic Tiffany engagement ring. She’ll never know you didn’t get it at Tiffany & Co. It has the Tiffany name right on the box.  That was …

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On Sale Today – .law Domain Names

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Today, all law firms will be able to apply for .law names. This top-level domain name is intended to create an online space in which only regulated, licensed legal practitioners can be found. In order to purchase your .law domain name, there are specific steps involved, as well as some key dates of which to …

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Practice What You Preach – Yoga Remains Uncopyrightable, for Now

Bikram Choudhury is famous for being the world’s most successful – and eccentric – yoga guru, and the pioneer of his self-branded, mass marketed Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga consists of a sequence of 26 yoga poses, or asanas, and two breathing exercises, performed in a very hot room (100 degrees!) for 90 minutes. The term …

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