Minnesota Court Says Keyword Advertising is TM Use in Commerce–Hysitron v. MTS

By Eric Goldman Hysitron Inc. v. MTS Systems Corp., 2008 WL 3161969 (D. Minn. Aug. 1, 2008) In a brief and pedestrian opinion, another court outside the Second Circuit said that buying a trademarked keyword is “use in commerce” under…

Affiliate Liability Extravaganza

By Eric Goldman [Note: I recently published a version of this article at InformIT. Here's the pre-edited version I sent them.] Introduction This article discusses marketers’ liability for the actions of their marketing affiliates (what I refer to as “affiliate…

July 2008 Quick Links, Part II (Non-IP Edition)

By Eric Goldman Search Engines * Google explains all of the ways that it reinterprets the actual search query provided by a consumer to deliver results for words the searcher didn’t use. As I’ve said before, Google’s intermediation makes it…

July 2008 Quick Links, Part I (IP Edition)

By Eric Goldman Copyright * Granger v. Gill Abstract Corp., 2008 WL 2791264 (S.D.N.Y. July 18, 2008). A title company admitted infringing the defendant’s copyrighted “rate calculator” by posting it to the title company’s website. The plaintiff demanded actual damages…

“DVR as a Service” Isn’t Copyright Infringement–Cartoon Network v. CSC Holdings

By Eric Goldman The Cartoon Network LP v. CSC Holdings, Inc., No. 07-1480-cv(L) & 07-1511-cv(CON) (2d Cir. Aug. 4, 2008) The Second Circuit has issued an interesting and potentially important ruling that Cablevision’s DVR as a service does not infringe…

Domainer Loses Cybersquatting Lawsuit–Verizon v. Navigation Catalyst

By Eric Goldman Verizon California, Inc. v. Navigation Catalyst Systems, Inc., 2008 WL 2651163 (C.D. Cal. June 30, 2008). The Justia page. A page with some of the early filings. [Sorry for the delay blogging this–it just showed up on…