I have noticed that my news updates tend to be patent-focused, so today  they focus on trademarks and copyrights:

  • IP Law & Business (subscription required to access the article) has an interesting article in the February/March 2009 issue identifying Justice Ginsburg as the Supreme Court’s "champion of copyright holders" because of recent opinions supporting broader copyrights.  The article also identifies Justice Breyer, based on dissents in the same cases, as leading the cause for narrower copyrights.  And the article predicts that the Supreme Court is trending toward a narrower view of copyrights.
  • Seattle Trademark Lawyer Michael Atkins has a timely post (click here to read it) that traces the March Madness trademark back to the Illinois high school basketball playoffs, as early as the 1940s.  The NCAA and the Illinois High School Association have since pooled their rights and both have a license to use the marks. 
  • Victoria Pynchon has a great series of posts looking at laches in trademark law based upon a recent Ninth Circuit decision — click here and here.