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March Madness

Marching Towards Madness (and Away From TM Liability)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! For many Americans, the month of March is synonymous with kites or St. Patrick's Day or flowers...
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Happy 58th Birthday Barbie!

Happy 58th Birthday Barbie!   March 9, 1959 marks the date that Barbie was introduced to the world at the American Toy Fair in New...
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Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!

Two weeks ago, we celebrated National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend with a discussion of licensing agreements and cookie trademarks. This Sunday, the Girl Scouts of...
USPTO

Important Update: Recent Change on Proof of Use Rule

The USPTO (“United States Patent and Trademark Office”) is implementing new rules when it comes to what is required for a renewal.  This is...
Los Angeles Chargers

Revolt Against the Bolts!: Los Angeles Chargers Face Opposition

In January 2017 the Chargers announced they were moving back to where it all began, Los Angeles.  Even though San Diego had been the...
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Super Bowl LI: Patriots v. Falcons

The Big Game for 2017 is finally here! Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 marks the date of Super Bowl LI.  This year’s Super Bowl is...
Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights: Name Update

“Viva Las Hockey!”   Didn’t Elvis say that? In June 2016,  Las Vegas was awarded its first professional sports team--hockey.   The National Hockey League (NHL)...
Indian law

Top 3 IP Cases to Watch in India – 2017

Today we turn our attention to the Indian subcontinent to round out our series on top IP cases. Toyota v. Prius Auto: Delhi High Court reverses...
english law

Top 3 IP Cases in Europe – 2016

Today we turn our attention not to a particular country, but to an economic region -- the European Union. While we are looking ahead and...
American Law

Top 3 IP Cases to Watch in the US – 2017

A new year means a new Supreme Court session. Here are three top US intellectual property cases to watch out for this year. Lee...
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IP Legislation Wish List for 2017

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article represent that of the author and the contributors who have been quoted, and are not the official...
Trademark Trump

Bully in the Bully Pulpit: Trump’s Trademark Oppositions

“Donald Trump is a bully.” Boy, if I had a dollar every time I heard that... I’d have some TRUMP MONEY. (Bad pun intended.)...
Disney Trademark Oppositions

Big Mouse in the House: Disney Trademark Oppositions

Hiya, pal! Good to see ya! Walt Disney has undeniably created some of the most iconic fictional characters of today.  (Dare I say ever?)...

Trademark Law at the Supreme Court: Lee v. Tam

It's a big day for trademark law at the Supreme Court. And by all accounts, a big line to get a seat, as well. It's...
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Harley-Davidson sues Urban Outfitters for $2 Million

Harley-Davidson sues multinational clothing company Urban Outfitters.  Feel like deja vu to anyone?  Probably because this isn’t the first time Harley-Davidson has sued Urban...
Trademark Oppositions

Companies Who Filed the Most Trademark Oppositions in 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is a government agency and a branch in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The primary role...
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Top Trademark Attorneys

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is a government agency and a branch in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The primary role...
USPTO Fee Increase

USPTO Trademark Fee Increase

Important Trademark News:  If you need a trademark, you may want to file before January 14, 2017.  USPTO fees are going up. On January 14,...
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Star Wars and Patents

The number of patents that Lucasfilm owns makes them an impressive FORCE (bad pun intended) in intellectual property.  They have filed a lot of...
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Litigious One You Are Lucasfilm

On December 16, 2016 Disney is releasing a new Star Wars film titled "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”   While this movie is not...
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Donald Trump and the USPTO

What is the Future of the USPTO after President-elect Trump Takes Office? Donald Trump is a man of many hats.  Not only figuratively speaking, but...

#CreepyIP Celebrates the Weird in the USPTO Archives

Have you checked out #CreepyIP? The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Halloween-themed social media campaign is sure to get you in the spooky spirit. All October...

Teal Pumpkins and IP

It’s mid-October, which means the season of teal pumpkins is upon us! We know what you’re thinking – pumpkins are orange, not teal. And while...

The UK May Exit The EU – What This Could Mean For Your EU...

  On June 23rd 2016, the United Kingdom has voted in a referendum in favor of ‘BREXIT’, an exit from the European Union. This could...

PETA Claims That A Monkey Owns The Copyright For This Selfie

This animal rights organization isn't monkeying around. PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has filed a federal lawsuit pushing for a monkey to receive the...

If A Monkey Takes A Selfie – Who Owns It?

  In case you haven’t heard, everyone is going bananas over this Indonesian crested black macaque's selfie. First, people thought it was cute when the photo...

Stefano Gabbana’s Knock-Off Frenzy on Instagram

Stefano Gabbana, co-owner of  the high-fashion brand, Dolce & Gabbana, posted five consecutive Instagram posts of  potential trademark infringers just yesterday. Potential infringers include: "Dance...

The Occupational Capitalists of Occupy Wall Street: Does Greed Know No Boundaries?

We’ve all seen the news feeds documenting the Occupy Wall Street movement, people sitting in the blistering cold of the New York City winter...

Geeks Have it Good

Take a look at this trademark application to protect the Binary Code! The mark is a series of 00's and 1's filed by Base2i Technologies Inc, filed with the description; Computer programming consultancy; Computer security consultancy; Computer software consulting; Consultancy in the field of software design; Consultancy with regard to webpage design; Consulting in the field of configuration management for computer hardware and software; Consulting in the field of information technology; among others.

Apple’s Magic Mouse is Mighty Mouse

The trademark application for the apparent logo mark of MAGIC MOUSE, was assigned the serial number of 85008755 and filed with the description of Computer peripherals.

Apple’s iBooks over Other Ebook Applications

The argument against LCD ebook readers generally revolves around backlighting: Too much bombards the eyes and causes strain. In the iBooks application, the super-low brightness setting makes sense in an otherwise dark room. The Kindle app doesn’t have this control, and has to rely on the system setting, which is far brighter.

Tiger Woods and Trademarks

The application of TIGER WOODS bearing the trademark serial number of 75553982 filed with description, Computer game software featuring golf in the year 1998 would be celebrating its eleventh anniversary now.