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You be the Judge: Garfield Minus Garfield Minus Lawsuit

As a well-seasoned judge of intellectual property infringement, you’ve judged cases regarding apple logos, a Danish design, chocolate ads, and a final resting place.  For today’s case docket, it’s time to decide the fate of a missing feline. Garfield is a daily-syndicated comic strip created by Jim Davis.  The comic, which features the life of the title character Garfield, a cat, his owner,… Continue reading

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You be the Judge: Copycat Caskets

In previous “You be the Judge” articles, Etsians offered opinions regarding the image of an apple, Vuitton and Darfur, and Naked M&Ms.   This time, I invite our community to examine a pending case concerning a product not typically associated with the word “knockoff.” When walking through certain neighborhoods of New York City, I often am approached… Continue reading

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You be the Judge: Apples to Apples

I’ll admit it: as Etsy’s in-house attorney, I love reading legal disputes and thinking about what important issues each side should stress.  I especially like to analyze pending copyright, trademark, and patent cases.  I daydream about what points I would argue if I were the lawyer for each side and then I put on my imaginary judge’s… Continue reading

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Legal Info for Artists: Dog Eat Dog Legal System

There are so many cases of the big dog scaring the little dog that it’s refreshing to find an educational and entertaining tale where the bigger dog’s bark is worse than its bite.  Disclaimer: upon reading this case, I couldn’t help the dog puns.  So throw me a bone! Haute Diggity Dog is a puppy-sized business… Continue reading