Posts Categorized: Intellectual Property

Posted: November 17, 2016

Clothing Designs Other Than Trademarked Logos are Not Protected Intellectual Property

On November 1, 2016, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in S.A.S.C.O. Trading, Inc. v. Pamnani, 2016 NY Slip Op. 32243(U), holding that clothing designs were not protected intellectual property, explaining: Assuming that defendants copied designs created by plaintiffs, such designs appear not to be protected unless the copying… Read more »

Posted: November 7, 2016

When Party Requires that Information it Sells Be Kept Confidential, Information Still Protected

On October 25, 2016, the First Department issued a decision in BitSight Technologies, Inc. v. SecurityScorecard, Inc., 2016 NY Slip Op. 06980, holding that when a party requires that information it sells be kept confidential, that information remains protected as confidential information despite its sale, explaining: When a party sells information to subscribers with the… Read more »

Posted: September 8, 2016

Civil Rights Law § 51 Claims For Misuse Of Likeness Against Grand Theft Auto V Dismissed On Appeal

On September 1, 2016, the First Department issued a decision in Gravano v. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 2016 NY Slip Op. 05942, dismissing plaintiffs’ claims under N.Y. Civil Rights Law § 51. Plaintiff Karen Gravano is the daughter of notorious mafia figure Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, and is currently appearing on the reality show “Mob… Read more »

Posted: December 31, 2015

Taking or Copying Customer Lists is Breach of Fiduciary Duty Even if Not Trade Secrets

On November 21, 2015, Justice Grays of the Queens County Commercial Division issued a decision in Pavers & Road Builders District Council Welfare Fund v. Briceno, 2015 NY Slip Op. 32415(U), explaining that even if they are not trade secrets, it is a breach of fiduciary duty for an employee to take customer lists. In… Read more »

Posted: December 16, 2015

Claim For Misappropriation Of Trade Secrets Must Plead Specific Facts

On December 10, 2015, Justice Ramos of the New York County Commercial Division, issued a decision in Reva Capital Markets LLC, v. Northend Energy, Ltd., 2015 NY Slip Op. 51809(U), which, inter alia, dismissed a trade secrets claim on the pleadings. Plaintiff brought this action against a number of defendants, alleging that they breached various… Read more »

Posted: July 19, 2015

Court Considers Whether Plaintiff’s Inadvertent Electronic Filing of Confidential Documents As Exhibits to Motion Papers Waived Trade Secret Protection

On July 14, 2015, Justice Platkin of the Albany County Commercial Division issued a decision in HMS Holdings Corp. v. Arendt, 2015 NY Slip Op 51034(U), considering whether the inadvertent e-filing of confidential documents compromised the trade secret status of the documents. In HMS Holdings, the plaintiff filed suit against former employees seeking to enforce… Read more »

Posted: December 29, 2014

Supplier Lists Not Trade Secrets

On December 19, 2014, Justice Demarest of the Kings County Commercial Division issued a decision in Knit Knit LLC v. Unitrade Enterprises, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 51784(U), examining whether supplier lists constitute trade secrets. In Knit Knit LLC, the plaintiff “was engaged in purchase, importation and wholesale distribution of off-price apparel.” Among the claims… Read more »

Posted: August 13, 2014

Supreme Court Decides Special Proceeding to Enjoin Trademark Violation Despite Co-Pending Federal Trademark Action

On August 4, 2014, Justice Ramos of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Matter of Explorers Club Inc. v. Diageo PLC, 2014 NY Slip Op. 24218, granting judgment and a permanent injunction to the plaintiff in a summary proceeding brought under GBL § 135. Section 135 of the General Business Law… Read more »

Posted: July 17, 2014

Court Examines Elements of Claim for Misappropriation of Skills and Expenditures in Pinterest Lawsuit

On July 8, 2014, Justice Schweitzer of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Schroeder v. Pinterest Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 31809(U), illustrating the elements of a claim for misappropriation of skills and expenditures. In Schroeder, the plaintiffs claimed that the defendants used their ideas and work in creating the website Pinterest…. Read more »