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Trademark Holders' Rights Over Sublicensees Confirmed

Law360 (July 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Owners of trademarks and related publicity rights are chalking up another victory after a federal appeals court ruled recently that licensees couldn’t assign those rights to third parties without the licensor’s express permission.

The ruling, handed down July 19 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, backs up similar rulings in other jurisdictions by granting trademark law the well-established sublicensing rules already used in copyright and patent law.

This holding is another clear victory for owners who wish to maintain maximum control of...
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