David Sar Examines SCOTUS IP Ruling in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly  


In an article published in the August edition of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Brooks Pierce partner David Sar examines the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly ruling in favor of Jack Daniels over VIP products – which manufactured a dog toy that parodied its iconic square bottle – and the potential future implications to federal trademark law and patent disputes around source-identified parodies.

“How this decision will play out in other cases will likely be explored over the next few decades. But the Supreme Court has made clear for now that in the context of source-identifying parodies, there is no First Amendment filter prior to considering traditional trademark analysis,” explains Sar.

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