This term, the Supreme Court is reviewing five patent cases, an unusually high number, and the Supreme Court’s new-found interest in patent law is perhaps motivated by the increasing concerns over the patent system’s notable flaws
By now, much has been made of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s holding that certain trademarks featuring the name “Redskins” should be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans. Rather than review the merits of the decision, I’d like to describe the process that lead to the Appeal Board hearing the matter.
The Supreme Court yesterday issued its opinion in one of the most discussed cases on this year’s docket – Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The actual facts of the Hobby Lobby case are somewhat convoluted and generalizing the holding beyond the facts presented will be problematic, but below are the major points of the opinion:
Recently, Tyler Perry won the right to trademark “What Would Jesus Do.” There are a couple of points I’d like to make about this story. First, some of the media coverage has suggested Tyler Perry can now stop Christians from wearing the popular WWJD bracelets.