Michael Grynberg article named one of intellectual property's best in 2015

DePaul Law Associate Professor Michael Grynberg

Thomson Reuters (West) selected DePaul University College of Law Associate Professor Michael Grynberg's article The Meaning of Hana: The Promise of Lexmark (39 Colum. J.L. & Arts 41 (2015)) as one of the best intellectual property articles of 2015. It will be included in the 2016 edition of Thomson Reuters' Intellectual Property Law Review.

Professor Grynberg's article analyzes two recent Supreme Court decisions related to trademark law. Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank raised issues regarding whether trademark tacking and the “likelihood of confusion” question is a matter of fact for juries or a matter of law for judges, as well as highlighted the Lanham Act's limited defenses. In Lexmark International, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc., the United States Supreme Court clarified who has standing to sue for false advertising. In the article, Grynberg acknowledges that this decision could simultaneously lead to more false advertising plaintiffs while also offering greater protections for trademark holders.

Professor Grynberg was inspired to write the article while preparing for an American Bar Association panel about recent Supreme Court decisions on trademark law. During his initial research, he discovered a depth to Hana, particularly in relation to its connection to the Lexmark decision, that could have significant impact on intellectual property law decisions in the future.

A member of DePaul's College of Law faculty since 2012, Grynberg teaches Cyberlaw, Property, and Trademark.