Carrie Webb Olson, chair of Day Pitney's trademark practice group, was quoted in an article, "Offensive Trademark Ban Going Down? It Probably Should" in Law360. In the article, Olson discussed the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court recently granting certiorari to consider whether to strike down the federal government's ban on offensive trademarks. Olson said she hoped the justices would agree with the Federal Circuit, which declared the Lanham Act's ban on "disparaging" trademark registration violates the First Amendment. The government's defense against First Amendment accusations has been that denying someone a registration doesn't really cause them much harm. Olson, however, said registration is important. "The USPTO seems to be taking the position that a registration is just a piece of paper with only a few small benefits, so losing it isn't that big of a deal," Olson said. "But it is a big deal. You're really a second-class citizen as an unregistered trademark owner."
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Day Pitney Partners George Chaclas and Renée Evangelista, and Senior Associate Leigh Furtado were each honored with a Rhode Island Monthly Professional Excellence in Law Award for 2023.
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Day Pitney Intellectual Property Partner Alex P. Garens was featured in Law.com's Q&A "How I Made Practice Group Chair: 'Leaders Are Made, Not Born' So 'Put in the Time to Develop Yourself,' says Alex P. Garens of Day Pitney."
Day Pitney Intellectual Property Partner Alex P. Garens was featured in Managing IP article, "Exclusive: US Copyright Office Refuses AI-Assisted 'Derivative' Work," discussing the rejection of copyright protection for a work created by Ankit Sahni using the assistance of artificial intelligence-powered software tool.
Day Pitney Intellectual Property and Technology attorneys George Chaclas and Emily Ferriter Russo recently authored the Law360 article, "An Overlooked Tool to fight USPTO 'Restriction.'"
Day Pitney Intellectual Property Partner Carrie Webb Olson is featured in Bloomberg Law's article, "Surge in Trademark Fraud Scams Overwhelms Regulators, Applicants."
Day Pitney Intellectual Property and Technology Partner Alex P. Garens new role as the head of the firm's Trademark, Copyright and Advertising practice group was featured in the Law360 Pulse article, "Day Pitney Names New Head of Trademark, Copyright Group."
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Day Pitney LLP has named Boston Partner Alex P. Garens the head of its Trademark, Copyright and Advertising practice group.