Trademark

Rap Icon Loses Trademark Battle to Gynecologist

Rap pioneer Andre “Dr. Dre” Young lost a trademark dispute against Pennsylvania gynecologist Draion M. Burch on May 3, ending a years-long legal battle between the rapper and the practicing doctor, The Washington Post reports. Dr. Dre filed a lawsuit in 2015, arguing Burch’s use of the moniker “Dr. Drai” would cause “confusion” among consumers. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shot down the claim, maintaining the rapper failed to show people would be misled by Burch’s Dr. Drai branding and purchase his products thinking they were Dr. Dre’s.
 
Dr. Drai hosts sex education classes for adults and teens, and is featured on webinars titled, “What Your Mama Didn’t Tell You About Making Babies” and has authored several books, including “20 Things You May Not Know About the Vagina.”
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Trademark & Copyright Law Developments

At the annual Intellectual Property Forum in the Tennessee Bar Center, IP Section Executive Council Eastern Delegate Mark Graham provided a presentation on Trademark & Copyright Law Developments for 2017-18. This informative presentation was well received, featuring timely updates on important cases affecting the practice area. You can view a summary of Graham’s presentation here.

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This Friday: Intellectual Property 2018– CLE Bytes

This innovative program presented by the TBA Intellectual Property Section will feature timely analysis on cutting-edge topics designed to up your game by helping you stay on top of trends and advancements relevant to the world of IP. This event is a la carte, with registration open all day, allowing you to customize your schedule to the topics you are interested in. Take as many or as few hours as you need, paying only for the hours you attend. The forum will feature first-rate programming from speakers and producers such as:

  • Andre Bahou, Bahou Miller PLLC, Nashville
  • Scott Augenbaum, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Nashville
  • Kevin Christopher, Christopher Intellectual Property Law PLLC, Cookeville
  • William Fortunato, Patterson + Sheridan, Greensboro
  • James Fox Jr., Adams & Reese LLP, Memphis
  • Mark Graham Esq., The Graham Law Firm PLLC, Knoxville
  • Ian McFarland, Merchant & Gould PC, Knoxville
Topics include:
  • viral trademarks
  • how to protect software using intellectual property
  • Supreme Court updates on trademarks and copyrights
  • blockchain technology
  • Supreme Court updates on patents, and patent-eligible subject matter
Section members receive a discount for the program. Here’s the key info:

When: Friday, April 27, registration begins at 8 a.m., CST; programming will continue until 3:45 p.m., CST

Where: Tennessee Bar Center, 221 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville

Click here to register

 

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