Will Tequila Regulations Drive Us Loco? Luxco Thought So

[Julie Kappelman, Cite Checker 2017-2018]

In January 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) issued a ruling that rejected the argument that “tequila” was generic and permitted the applicant to register “TEQUILA” as a certification mark.[1] The certification mark for “TEQUILA” was issued on June 20, 2017, with the registration number 5225126 to the applicant, Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT),[2] a Mexican nongovernmental entity entrusted with authority to monitor, regulate, and control tequila from the Mexican government. This decision in the context of international agreements shows how intellectual property rights and international trade agreements can conflict, as well as how different federal agencies view one another’s jurisdictions. Read More

A Cheater’s Guide: An Analysis of Whether Third Party Cheat Software in Video Games Violates §1201 of the DMCA

[Charles Hotnog, Executive Editor 2017-2018]

League of Legends (“LoL”) is an incredibly popular “multiplayer online battle arena” game[1] that at one point in 2014, had over 7.5 million players playing the game concurrently.[2] The game has garnered a huge following spawning regional and international tournaments[3] which are broadcast internationally online with viewership occasionally exceeding some high profile sports events.[4] Competition in such tournaments is often fierce, with the prize pool for the 2016 League of Legends World Championship series exceeding a total of five million dollars (including fan contributions).[5]

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