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Is your University’s name trademarked?

Cornell Univ. v. Messing Bakeries, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, upheld a finding that a baker who relied on a recipe developed by a Cornell University professor to make bread, which he later marketed as "Cornell Recipe Bread," negatively impacted the University's rights. The court ultimately ruled that the defendant could not use the name "Cornell" without permission from Cornell University.
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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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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 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.)...

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...

Men arrested for trademark infringement for selling wood as Toshiba laptops

Two men from Jackson, Mississippi have been arrested for trademark infringement for selling blocks of wood as laptops. Eddie Handford, 45, and Frank Hamilton,...

Trademarking the Tracks of the Twenty-First Century

  Technological advancement in the 21st century is truly a marvel of human ingenuity and occurs at such a rapid rate that often times new...

Johnson & Johnson abandons trademark application

Johnson & Johnson abandoned the trademark application for "ABSORBENCY PILLOWS" by essentially not filing a Statement of Use.
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...
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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...

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.

Rooting for Your Team? Trademark it!

When Manchester United Football Club conducted a survey into the world’s most popular football teams in 2003/4, they emerged three times as popular as any other English Premier League or European Soccer Team. Chinese and UK fan bases alone represented 33 million fans.

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...
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...


On Saturday, March 20, 2010, a U.S. federal trademark for MCDONALD'S CORPORATION registration number 73764093 was abandoned having the name FRY GIRLS. The Reason provided as CANCELLED - SECTION 8.

#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...

Video Games and Trademark

Among Bungie's side projects are Bungie.net, whose mark was filed with the description Computer programs, namely, game software for use on computers, bearing the trademark serial number of 78390300 , and the product includes forums as well as statistics-tracking and integration with Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 3: ODST.

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...

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.

Trademark Animation? Eh what’s that, Doc?

Did you know that the Warner Bros studio is the successor to Warner Bros. Cartoons (formerly Leon Schlesinger Productions). This was the very same studio that produced Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon shorts from 1933 to 1963, and from 1967 to 1969. Warner reestablished its own animation division in 1980 to produce Looney Tunes related works. Since 1990, Warner Bros. Animation has primarily focused upon the production of television and feature animation of other properties, notably including those related to Time Warner's DC Comics publications.