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Though the federal Copyright Act preempted the California Resale Royalty Act insofar as it granted artists a right to royalties on the resale of their work, it did not preempt the CRRA's attorney fee provision, which was not inconsistent with the Copyright Act.  Read More

A patentee may recover lost profits suffered in foreign countries as damages in a patent infringement action brought against a defendant that shipped parts from the United States for assembly into an infringing product in a foreign country. Read More

District court did not abuse its discretion in issuing injunction barring defendant from altering copyrighted movies by stripping their content access protections and removing “objectionable” content, and then making the unauthorized, edited version available to its customers online.   Read More

In the trademark context, “reverse confusion” is a legal theory, not a separate claim, and so it can be raised in opposition to summary judgment even though it was not separately alleged in the complaint.  Read More

The prohibition on trademarking offensive or disparaging marks—here, an Asian dance rock band called “The Slants”—violated the First Amendment, since the prohibition serves no substantial governmental interest and is not narrowly drawn.  Read More

A patentee loses patent rights in a product when it sells the patented product, even if the sale contract restricts the buyer’s use or resale of the product; contract law, not patent law, provides the remedy for any breach of those restrictions. Read More

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