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29 May, 2019

You Can’t Say That on TM

2019-05-29T14:28:06-05:00May 29th, 2019|Intellectual Property, Nebraska Litigation & Trial Advisor|

Last month, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Iancu v. Brunetti, 18-302, a fascinating case examining the intersection of the First Amendment and federal trademark law. At issue is whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks is facially unconstitutional under the First Amendment. To understand the implications for Iancu, a little background is necessary. First, trademarks. Trademarks [...]

19 Nov, 2014

8th Circuit Intercepts Syngenta’s Attempt to Pass Viptera Problem to Bunge

2018-04-23T18:22:20-05:00November 19th, 2014|Biotechnology, Construction Contractor Advisor, Midwest Agricultural Law|

As a follow up to Syngenta Under Pile of Lawsuits, the United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals recently broke up Syngenta Seeds, Inc.'s attempt to pass the Viptera problem to Bunge North America, Inc. In 2013 Syngenta tried to get ahead of the problems caused by China's ban of Viptera corn by suing Bunge for refusing to accept corn which contained the Viptera trait. Knowing Bunge would not accept [...]