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  • PLI’s Kane on Trademark Law on Wells IP Law

    Date: 2014.04.22 | Category: Book Reviews, EBooks, Law Libraries, PLI, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library), PLI Publications, Treatise | Response: 0

    Kane 6eCheck out this nice mention of PLI’s treatise, Kane on TradeMark Law: A Practitioner’s Guide 6th Edition , on Wells IP Law here.  You can purchase the book by clicking hereKane on Trademark Law is also available on our eBook library platform PLI Discover PLUS.   Interested in learning more about this book or PLI Discover PLUS? Contact PLI’s Library Relations team at PLI Library Relations or call 877-900-5291.

    Kane on Trademarks – Book Review 

    By: Nicholas Wells | April 19, 2014

    Siegrun D. Kane.  2013.  Kane on Trademark Law: A Practitioner’s Guide (6th Edition). Practising Law Institute: New York. 1071 pages.  $395 from publisher; $375.25 from Amazon.com

    I work in several areas of law—copyright, social media, technology agreements, advertising and promotions—but at the moment, I spend the largest part of my day working on trademark matters.  If you’re familiar with trademark law, you know that the leading work in the field, cited by hundreds of court decisions, is J. Thomas Mc Carthy’s treatise, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition.  Coming in at seven volumes—and growing, and with a front matter and Table of Contents that stretches 154 pages, McCarthy can be… unwieldy.  The $ 4,500 price tag may also be a concern for many smaller firms or lawyers who don’t spend all day handling trademarks.  Still, it is the resource everyone quotes.

    So when PLI offered to send me a review copy of Kane on Trademark Law by Siegrun D. Kane, I was curious to see how it compared.

    The short answer:  For most lawyers and in-house counsel, Kane’s book is the better choice.

    Don’t get me wrong.  If you’re litigating trademark cases in federal court, you’ll probably like having McCarthy around.  But most of us don’t do that.  Kane on Trademark Law, now in its Sixth Edition, seems committed to remaining a one-volume work.  That choice is emblematic of its usefulness.  Everything you’re likely to need to know about trademarks is in your hand.  Kane is subtitled A Practitioner’s Guide.  Not a Judge’s Guide, or a Professor’s Guide, or even a Litigator’s Guide.

    The Kane text is well organized, well footnoted, and well written, with headings that make it easy to find the topic you need.  (It also has a 60-page index.)  There are sections on false advertising, litigation, Internet infringements, licensing, and dilution, in addition to the sections you’d expect to find on clearing marks for registration, prosecution procedures, and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

    Kane also comes with a CD-ROM that contains the entire text of the volume in searchable, linked PDF files, carefully formatted to match the printed book.  I’ve found this to be tremendously useful.

    As an example of the different approach of Kane and McCarthy, consider the key trademark issue of likelihood of confusion between trademarks.  Kane has 35 pages on the topic, plus another 20 focused on counterfeiting.  McCarthy devotes Volume 3 to the topic—800 or so pages—plus innumerable related sections that appear in other volumes (See, e.g., Chapter 31, Volume 6, Defenses to Infringement).  Or consider the sections on Inter Partes TTAB proceedings.  Kane has 54 pages of succinct text on topics that include procedures, grounds, defenses, burden of proof, and review routes for TTAB decisions.  McCarthy devotes… well, you get the idea.

    I love McCarthy, but I keep using Kane because most of the time, I don’t have the time to use McCarthy.  And my clients don’t have the money.  Kane reminds me of the points I need to know.  It references the statutory sections and leading cases.  It summarizes and recommends practice steps without as much scholarly background.  Most days, it’s just the better tool for what I need.

    I think that’s also true for those, like in-house counsel, who are dealing with trademarks, social media, advertising, employment, real estate leases, contract disputes… and that’s just before lunch.  Kane on Trademarks will serve in-house counsel by providing guidance on most trademark issues that they are likely to face.  They’ll hire litigators to take trademark cases to the Federal Circuit and they will use McCarthy.

    Kane does miss some areas that I wish it included.  There appears to be nothing about ex parte appeals at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Perhaps it’s not a critical topic for most readers, but I’d like to see more on it.  There is a little about using the Madrid Protocol, but virtually nothing about international trademark protection.  This is clearly a book about U.S. law, but given its apparent target audience, at least a brief section on how international trademarks operate with some strategy pointers and references would be appropriate.  Finally, there isn’t much about the procedures for handling disputes.  True, those procedures are based on the TTAB manual and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  But guidance in a book like this goes a long way to help those not familiar with the rules.

    Despite a few minor weaknesses, Kane on Trademarks seems to spend a lot of time on the corner of my desk.

  • The Library Ledger

    Date: 2014.02.26 | Category: EBooks, Just for librarians, PLI, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library), PLI Publications | Response: 0

    thelibraryledgerlogoThe Library Relations team has created a page specifically for our newsletter, the Library Ledger.  This page allows you to access the current and also previous editions of the Library Ledger.  So you can keep up to date about the latest news on PLI Discover PLUS’s content, recent enhancements, search tips, research help, and important announcements!

  • PLI Discover PLUS: Implementation Guide

    Date: 2014.02.10 | Category: EBooks, PLI, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library) | Response: 0

    Implement GuideAre you a PLI Discover PLUS subscriber who needs assistance getting your subscription to Discover PLUS started?  Are you wondering what the steps are, who to contact, and how PLI can help you?  Look no further, PLI has created an Implementation Guide to help get up and running with your Discover PLUS subscription.

    The PLI Discover PLUS Implementation Guide is full of information to help make your launch of Discover PLUS successful, including links to our online tutorial and coverage list, and information on IP authentication and obtaining MARC records.

  • AALS 2014

    Date: 2014.01.04 | Category: EBooks, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library) | Response: 1

    We braved winter storm Hercules and are warm and dry inside the Hilton on 6th Avenue between 53rd and 54th for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting.  Please stop by our booth–#700 on the second floor–to pick up a coffee mug, mints, a pen, enter our Answer Book raffle, and learn more about Discover PLUS, our eBook library.

    Check out our booth here. Doesn’t it look inviting?

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    We look forward to meeting you and hope you have a great conference!

  • New Book: Fashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers

    Date: 2013.09.13 | Category: EBooks, New Title!, PLI, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library), PLI Publications, Treatise | Response: 0

    fashionFashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers 

    To the general public, the fashion industry is most closely identified with celebrated fashion houses mounting elaborate and highly publicized runway shows in the major fashion capitals of the world. In reality, the fashion industry is much more diverse, complex, and global. FASHION LAW AND BUSINESS unravels the complexity and provides clear guidance on the wide range of legal and business issues faced by fashion industry participants, including designers, suppliers, manufacturers of apparel and accessories, and retailers.

    In FASHION LAW AND BUSINESS you’ll learn:

    • The considerations involved in starting a company in the fashion industry, including developing a business plan, determining the form and structure of the legal entity, and obtaining financing.

    • How patent, trademark, and copyright law have been applied to the fashion industry and their impact in such areas as gray market goods and counterfeiting.

    • The contractual relationships and regulatory issues applicable to the design and production of fashion products.

    • The dynamics of retail sales in the apparel industry, including a discussion of e-commerce and mobile commerce

    • The legal issues involved in leasing and licensing brick-and-mortar retail stores, with a focus on the significant contractual terms that should be considered in connection with such real estate transactions.

    • How to deal with labor and employment issues that relate to the fashion industry, including working conditions, wages and hours, child labor, use of independent contractors such as sales representatives, and developments in collective bargaining in the fashion industry.

    Written by two of America’s leading fashion and retail law authorities, FASHION LAW AND BUSINESS provides you with an integrated, comprehensive guide to the issues affecting the fashion industry today.

    If you’d like to order FASHION LAW AND BUSINESS, please email the Library Relations Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.

  • Interview with our AALL 2013 Kayak & Paddle Sweepstakes Winner: Ruck DeMinico

    Date: 2013.08.14 | Category: EBooks, Interview, Just for librarians, Law Libraries, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library) | Response: 0

    On Monday July 15th 2013 at the 106th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference, Practising Law Institute announced its lucky sweepstakes winner, Ruck DeMinico of Merlin Law Group.

    Tell us a little about yourself, your work, and what a typical day looks like for you:

    I started off my legal career as a trial attorney and litigated for the first dozen years, trying a couple hundred jury trials. I had always been interested in librarianship and decided to go back to get my degree and work at what I really enjoyed. I don’t know that there is a typical day – unless controlled chaos can be considered typical. Being a sole librarian for a firm with offices on both coasts and in seven states, research questions can come in on any jurisdiction and, as in any private firm, they are all considered rush/priority by the sender and can come at any time of the day or night. I also handle the traditional library functions, vendor relations, DMS/KM, edit and maintain the firm blogs, create handout materials and PowerPoints for presentations by firm attorneys at seminars, and along with the Managing Attorney and COO am a member of the firm’s Management team.

    Have you kayaked before? Where will you take your Discover PLUS branded Kayak:

    I have, in the Miami/Everglades area. I love canoeing and spend as much free time as I can on the rivers here in Florida. I’m looking forward to exploring the mangroves around Tampa Bay with the kayak and may take fishing back up now that I can maneuver in the mangroves.

    What do you like most about your job as Knowledge Manager of Merlin Law Group:

    The constant change in what I’m doing. Every day is different, with new challenges.

    As an attorney and law librarian, what do you think are the most challenging issues/trends shaping the legal industry today?:

    I would say ESI/e-discovery, especially for smaller cases that may still have large amounts of electronic data to provide – where the use of vendors may be cost prohibitive.

    Are you familiar with Discover PLUS, PLI’s eBook library?  Did you receive a demo at PLI’s booth at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Conference in Seattle:

    I did see the demo at AALL.  I like the ‘all-inclusive’ business model, rather than having to choose which individual books to purchase or subscribe to.

     

    Discover PLUS provides complete online access to PLI’s Course Handbooks, Treatises, Answer Books, Legal Forms and Program Transcripts.

  • Case Western Blogs About Discover PLUS!

    Date: 2013.08.12 | Category: EBooks, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library), PLI Publications | Response: 0

    Case Western

    Do you subscribe to Discover PLUS? If so, a blog post is a great way to spread the word to your patrons. Contact the PLI Library Help Desk for images and information you can add to your blogs, intranet, subject guides, practice area pages, listservs, or any other way you’re reaching your patrons!

  • Georgetown Blogs about Discover PLUS!

    Date: 2013.08.09 | Category: EBooks, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library), PLI Publications | Response: 0

    Georgetown Law Library

     

    Georgetown Law has access to PLI’s Discover PLUS and the Georgetown Law Library let their patrons know about their new resource via their blog, Due Process!

    Do you subscribe to Discover PLUS? If so, a blog post is a great way to spread the word to your patrons. Contact the PLI Library Help Desk for images and information you can add to your blogs, intranet, subject guides, practice area pages, listservs, or any other way you’re reaching your patrons!

  • Our Lucky Discover PLUS Kayak Raffle Winner

    Date: 2013.08.09 | Category: EBooks, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library) | Response: 0

    The Kayak

    Winner

    On Monday July 15th 2013 at the 106th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference, Practising Law Institute  announced its lucky sweepstakes winner,  Ruck DeMinico of Merlin Law Group.

    We received an overwhelming amount of submissions, which meant you shared in our excitement in giving away our Discover PLUS branded REI Kayak and Paddle! Discover PLUS–PLI’s eBook library containing our authoritative Treatises, Course Handbooks, and Answer Books, Legal Forms and Program Transcripts–was named 2013 New Product of the Year at this year’s annual meeting.  As such, we wanted to offer a raffle prize that reflected our sincere gratitude at being awarded this honor and that paid homage to our host city of Seattle.  A kayak seemed like the perfect fit.

    Ruck lives in Florida and manages all aspects of the Merlin Law Group’s document management system, library and informational operations. He ensures that all legal research and supporting documentation associated with current and previously litigated cases is accurately maintained, catalogued, updated, and accessible to the firm’s attorneys and designated staff personnel. Congratulations and enjoy!

  • Discover PLUS Featured on Harvard Law School Library ‘Ask a Librarian!’

    Date: 2013.08.07 | Category: EBooks, Law Libraries, PLI, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library) | Response: 0

    Harvard Law School has access to PLI’s Discover PLUS and the Harvard Law School Library let their patrons know about PLI’s eBook library platform via their ‘Ask a Librarian!‘ page.

    Do you subscribe to Discover PLUS? If so, a blog post or library page is a great way to spread the word to your patrons. Contact the PLI Library Help Desk for images and information you can add to your blogs, intranet, subject guides, practice area pages, listservs, or any other way you’re reaching your patrons!

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