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Here is the latest on the NFL concussion battle. By The Associated Press The settlement approved Wednesday by a federal judge in Philadelphia would pay retired players about $190,000 on average. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has approved a plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits that could cost the league $1 billion […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter She has better luck with the phrase “Left Shark.” Katy Perry‘s performance during halftime at this year’s Super Bowl is still reverberating at the U.S. Trademark Office. On Friday, the pop singer got the bad news that her company’s initial attempts to register a “Left Shark” design had been […]

Here’s the latest on the Washington Redskins controversy. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter On the other hand, the appeals court judge questions the government’s justification for refusing “disparaging” trademarks. On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit weighed in on “disparaging” trademarks, and in a somewhat confounding outcome, ruled against an Asian-American […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A judge rules that the phrase isn’t protected by a motivational entrepreneur’s trademark. Oprah Winfrey has vindicated her legal might, prevailing in a topsy-turvy case that alleged that she had violated a motivational entrepreneur’s hold over “Own Your Power” through use of the phrase on the cover of O, The […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter The U.S. Trademark Office can sometimes resemble a funhouse maze. Six months ago, we broke news that Disney was investigating a trademark registration filed by the company owned by EDM star Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”). Providing notice of a potential challenge isn’t unusual at […]

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By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A fictional technology featured in The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t infringe a company’s trademark, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed on Thursday. In the Warner Bros. film, Anne Hathaway plays Selina Kyle, who agrees to exploit her skills as a cat burglar in return for a software program that will erase […]