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Rosetta Stone v Google Amicus From UK Intellectual Property Law Society

Rosetta Stone v Google Amicus From UK Intellectual Property Law Society

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Appeal No. 10-2007
In The
United States Court of AppealsFor the Fourth Circuit
 
ROSETTA STONE, LTD.
,
Plaintiff- Appellant 
,
-
vs
. -
GOOGLE INC.
,
 Defendant- Appellee
.
______________________________________________________________________
On appeal from theUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia,at Alexandria, in 1:09-CV-00736-GBL,before the Hon. Gerald Bruce Lee, U.S. District Judge.___________________________________________________________BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE UK INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWSOCIETYIN SUPPORT OF NEITHER PARTY.Charles Lee ThomasonS
PALDING
&
 
T
HOMASON
 106 N. 4
th
St.Bardstown, KY 40004Telep. (502) 349-7227
Case: 10-2007 Document: 96-1 Date Filed: 11/24/2010 Page: 1
 
 i 
CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTCharles Lee Thomason, counsel for amicus curiae, The UK Intellectual Property Law Society, certifies the following:1.
The full name of every party or amicus represented by me is:
The UK Intellectual Property Law Society.2. The name of the real party in interest represented by me is:Same3. All parent corporations and any publicly held companies that own10 percent of more of the stock of the party or amicus curiaerepresented by me are:None.4. The named of all law firms and the partners or associates thatappeared for the party or amicus now represented by me in the trial courtor agency or are expected to appear in this court are:No others.
__11/19/2010___ _~
s
~ C.L. Thomason__________
Date: Signature of counselCharles Lee Thomason,Adjunct Professor 
 
Case: 10-2007 Document: 96-1 Date Filed: 11/24/2010 Page: 2
 
 ii
 TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Page
Certificate of Interest
……………………………………………… i
 Table of Contents
……………………………………………… ii
Table of Authorities
……………………………………………… iii
Interest of Amicus
……………………………………………… vi
Statement of the Issues
……………………………………………… 1
 Summary of Points & Authorities
……………………………… 2
Argument
……………………………………………………… 4
I. Whether the Registered Trademarks, IncludingWhen Used To Trigger Paid Search Results,Are “As a Whole,” Functional.
………………………………… 4
 II. Functionality Should Be Separate fromFair Use and Non-Trademark Use Defenses.
………………… 9
III. Does A Policy-Based “Functionality Doctrine” PermitFree Use of Registered Marks by Search-Engines.
………………… 13
 CONCLUSION
……………………………………………………… 18
 Certificate of Compliance
Case: 10-2007 Document: 96-1 Date Filed: 11/24/2010 Page: 3

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