Home News Intellectual Property News

Intellectual Property News

IP university part 2

Monetizing Intellectual Property at Universities- Part 2

(READ Post 1 HERE) Patents, Trade Secrets and Open Licenses The traditional model, of universities assuming ownership over patentable technology created under their policies, and then licensing...
Amazon rings 1

Can Amazon Trademark Alexa’s blue rings?: PART 1

Part-1- The USPTO Application analysis Almost three years back, in the year 2014, Amazon Technologies Inc. (Amazon) introduced Amazon Echo, popularly known as Echo. Echo...
Velcro

It’s Hook and Loop, Not Velcro!: A Discussion of Trademark Genercide

You may have noticed the video “Don’t Say Velcro” trending on your social media platforms this week. The video, produced by Velcro® Brand’s legal...
trademark_color

2017: The Year of Colors in Trademark Law

Trademarking a color might seem unusual but it's not impossible. The main function of a trademark is that it helps in identifying a source...
Artificial Intelligence

Should we say YES to Artificial Humans?

Artificial Intelligence (AI), in simple terms, means the development of computer systems to perform basic tasks that require human intelligence such as learning, communicating,...
ADR

Alternate Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property

Globalization has been the key factor of development in the 21st Century.  The idea of the world being one “Global Village” has helped almost...

Artificial Intelligence in the Fashion Domain

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking over the fashion industry and it is yet to be seen how it will influence merchandiser experiences, advertising campaigns,...
Jose_Mourinho

What’s In a Name?: The Jose Mourinho Trademark Saga

In May 2016 Jose Mourinho was named as the manager for Manchester United Football Club.  During this announcement, it was revealed that his name...

The Impact of Brexit on Trademarks in the UK

In June 2016 the UK voters decided in a referendum to leave the European Union.  (Also known as "Brexit.") The process of the UK’s...
protect intellectual property

It’s Time to Protect Your IP From Your Own People

When an insider by the use of technology, steals the proprietary information from the company it is said to be an insider’s theft. One...

Bootlegging: Fashion Industry’s Piracy Paradox

  "If players like Louis Vuitton and Gucci have their hands full protecting their intellectual property, then what chance does a young designer have?” said...

Marketquest Group v. BIC Corporation: The New Perspective on Reverse Confusion Theory

  The 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in its recent judgement of Marketquest Group v. BIC Corporation clarified the requirements for establishing...
super hero

Whose License is it Anyway?

A good superhero movie in the Hollywood can command an average budget of anywhere between 100 Million and 250 million. This isn’t surprising because...
Europe Google

Google Hit with $2.7 Billion Antitrust Fine by EU Regulators

On Tuesday, June 27th, European Union regulators fined Google approximately $2.7 billion (2.4 billion euro) for violation of the EU’s antitrust laws. It was...
Supreme Court

BREAKING NEWS – SCOTUS Holds Trademark Act Disparagement Clause Unconstitutional

  On Monday June 19, 2017, The Supreme Court of the United States decided Matal v. Tam, regarding the registrability of band name "The Slants"...
trademark fraud

Fraudulent Trademark Solicitations Roundtable – July 26, 2017

The United States Patent and Trademark Office announced that on July 26, 2017 the Trademark Organization and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee plan to hold...
Vegas Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders: A Winning Bet or Losing Gamble?

The Oakland Raiders are usually looking to score some treasure on the football field.  But it looks like they finally hit the jackpot and...
Help make america great

Announcement: New Manufacturing Feature on Trademarkia

LegalForce Trademarkia now helps small businesses design their products and take them to market!  For just $199, we will help you get bids from our network...
Amazon online

Coming Soon: Amazon’s New Brand Registry

Good news for those of you who sell goods on Amazon.com! Amazon is launching an initiative next month to remove knock-off stuff from its...
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...
Happy birthday barbie

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...
Happy birthday girl scouts

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...
super bowl li

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...
IP legislation

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...
harley davidson sues urban

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...
bestattorneys

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,...
Patent Star Wars

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...
Star Wars suing

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...
Donald Trump USPTO

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...