Friday, February 13, 2009

More Trademark Abuse

Good story on yet another attempt to use trademark rights to limit web content. The law firm Jones, Day claimed that a website's link to the web bio of one of its lawyers, Jacob Tiedt, infringed the Jones, Day trademark.

Obviously, the claim is ridiculous. Trademark infringment depends on likely consumer confusion. Everyone understands that the web contains links to external content. You don't imagine that my blog is sponsored by Slate Magazine because of the first link, do you? And the second link doesn't imply association with Jones Day, either.

Sue me, Jones Day. Let's get a ruling on your trademark abuse.

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