Los Angeles Clippers and Intuit Enter into 23-Year Naming Rights Agreement and Name the New Arena in Inglewood Intuit Dome

by Josh H. Escovedo

The Los Angeles Clippers and Intuit have entered into a 23-year naming rights agreement whereby the Clippers have agreed to name their new $1.8 billion arena in Inglewood, California, the Intuit Dome. The arena is currently under construction just south of the new SoFi Stadium and the Hollywood Park development. It is scheduled to open in 2024.

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Gulls Hockey Team Gets Wings Clipped In IP Dispute With Hockey League

by Scott M. Hervey

Last month the District Court for the Central District of California granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment in the case San Diego Gulls Hockey Club, LLC v ECHL, Inc.. The league’s win resolves the league’s potential indemnity obligation to the hockey team, the Gulls.  This case presents a cautionary story for transactional attorneys.

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Nine West Asks Drag Queen Nina West to Sashay Away… From Her Trademark Application

by Jessica R. Corpuz

Global fashion brand Nine West recently filed a Notice of Opposition with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board contesting the registration of the mark “Nina West” by a company owned by Andrew Levitt, drag name Nina West.

Nine West, popular for its shoe, handbag, and accessory lines, filed for bankruptcy in 2018.  It was acquired by Authentic Brands Group (“ABG”), which also owns the brands Brooks Brothers, Forever 21, and Reebok, among others. 

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The Briefing: Prince Estate Wants Winery's 'Purple Rain' Trademark Back in the Bottle

by Scott M. Hervey, Josh H. Escovedo

In this week’s episode of The Briefing by the IP Law BlogScott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss a legal dispute between the Prince estate and an Ohio-based winery over the rights to the trademark “Purple Rain.”

Watch the full episode on the Weintraub YouTube channel, here.

Listen to the podcast of this episode on your favorite platform or online, here.

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Juries Will Play Role in Some Questions of Patent Eligibility

by Jo Dale Carothers, Ph.D.

In ruling on motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, courts have found a number of patents ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 as a matter of law.  However, in Berkheimer v. HP, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit indicated that in certain instances, the determination of patent eligibility under § 101 involves questions of fact and thus are questions for juries.

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The Briefing: Dealmaking Pitfalls in NCAA’s New NIL Policy

by Scott M. Hervey, Josh H. Escovedo

In this week’s episode of The Briefing by the IP Law BlogScott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss the NCAA’s recent policy change which allows college athletes to monetize their NIL, as well as potential downsides to the new policy.

Watch the full episode on the Weintraub YouTube channel, here.

Listen to the podcast of this episode on your favorite platform or online,

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