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Key Food and Beverage Issues: Recent Developments in Trademark Infringement and Parody Disputes

In January 2021, the Supreme Court denied Jack Daniel’s petition seeking review of the Ninth Circuit decision in VIP Products LLC v. Jack Daniel’s Properties, in which the Ninth Circuit set a high bar for brand owners seeking to challenge parody novelty products under trademark infringement and dilution theories. Similar disputes arise in the EU. With the growth of economic globalization as well as e-commerce, food and beverage brand owners have been increasingly challenged by trademark infringement and parody. You are invited to join our discussion on the following issues:

  • Recent developments in U.S. parody cases, including U.S. courts’ increasing deferral to First Amendment freedom of expression protections for parodists in analyzing brand owner claims
  • Parody in litigation in the EU
  • Practical advice for trademark disputes involving parody

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Date: April 21, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm (ET)

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