September 23

Coleman quoted by Bloomberg on USPTO’s registration of “disparaging” trademarks

One of the most talked-about developments in trademark law news this past year has involved the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s determination on whether to cancel the Washington Redskins’ registration. In June 2014, the three-judge panel ruled 2-1 to withdraw trademark protection because it said the nickname is insulting to Native Americans. This decision.

August 21

John B. Simoni, Jr. to speak at Building Code event

Goetz Fitzpatrick Partner John B. Simoni, Jr. will speak on a panel of experts on the New York City Building Code. The full-day event, scheduled for November 20, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., will give broad perspectives on Building Code compliance. Attendees will learn how to prevent mistakes and fines before they occur,.

August 6

Scott D. Simon publishes article on Dodd-Frank and whistleblower claims

What effect does the Dodd-Frank Act have on pre-dispute arbitration agreements in employment contracts when employees have whistleblower claims? In his new article titled “Dodd-Frank Act Does Not Prevent Arbitration of Non-Whistleblower Claims,” Goetz Fitzpatrick attorney Scott D. Simon analyzes the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals case Santoro v. Accenture Federal Services, LLC, 748.

July 25

Ron Coleman quoted on the registration of “offensive” trademarks

In June, the national media took note when the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) cancelled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football team. The Lanham Act, which governs federal trademark law, forbids the registration of marks that consist of immoral or scandalous matter, or that disparage.

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