Archive | September 2009

Internet Radio – 2nd Cir. Weighs In

It is not novel that the Internet and file sharing have hit the Recording industry particularly hard.   Struggling to mount continual efforts to win court orders to insulate them from the loss of dwindling profits, they have clawed, lobbied and litigated their way through these past few years.  Indeed, for all the glamour often associated with the recording industry, the reality of their economic standing paints a rather different picture. Read More…

Fed. Cir. Affirms Trademark Office Decision re Hotels.com

On another legal/internet related note, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held back in July that Hotels.com L.P. may not be properly awarded a registration to the trademark carrying the same name.  The Court was tasked to review the decision made by the US Trademark office that denied Hotels.com L.P. registration as the requested mark was deemed generic.  The court stated that the application of a .com to the end of a generic term (i.e. hotels) does not make the generic term that describes the service trademarkable. Read More…