21
March 2023
Past Event
Jack Daniel’s v. VIP Products Argument Preview: The Supreme Court Takes On Humorous Uses of Trademarks

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Inquiries: mdewitt@hudson.org

Jack Daniel’s v. VIP Products Argument Preview: The Supreme Court Takes On Humorous Uses of Trademarks

Past Event
Online Only
March 21, 2023
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21
March 2023
Past Event

Event will air on this page.

 

Inquiries: mdewitt@hudson.org

Speakers:
Megan K. Bannigan
Megan K. Bannigan

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Ben Sheffner
Ben Sheffner

Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Law & Policy, Motion Picture Association

Vijay Toke
Vijay Toke

Partner, Rimon Law

Moderator:
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Devlin Hartline

Legal Fellow

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On March 22, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Jack Daniel’s v. VIP Products, an important dispute at the intersection of the First Amendment and trademark law. The case concerns VIP’s dog toy that copies Jack Daniel’s iconic Tennessee whiskey bottle, but with the name changed to “Bad Spaniels” and other humorous elements added. Jack Daniel’s claims that the toy infringes its trademarks and trade dress, while VIP maintains that its parodic use is protected expression. The Supreme Court will decide whether the Ninth Circuit erred in applying a First Amendment test that gives broad protection to humorous products that allegedly infringe. It will also address whether VIP’s use is noncommercial and thus immune from liability for tarnishing Jack Daniel’s reputation.

Please join Hudson Legal Fellow Devlin Hartline and expert panelists Megan K. Bannigan, Ben Sheffner, and Vijay Toke for a discussion on the importance of striking the right balance between free speech and trademark protection.

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