Lori Wiese-Parks

Lori Wiese-Parks

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Trademark owners will be thrilled to know that for a short time (until June 1) they have a priority right to register their brands with the generic top-level domain (gTLD) “.sucks.”...more

4/9/2015 - Domain Names gTLD ICANN Social Networks Sunrise Periods Trademarks

Monster Learns Beastly Lesson

Last summer, the Beastie Boys won a $1.7 million judgment against Monster Energy Drink for the unauthorized use of their music in a promotional video. The judgment included statutory damages and penalties, and I thought was a...more

1/30/2015 - Beastie Boys Copyright Copyright Infringement Litigation Fees & Costs Monster Energy Drinks Music Music Industry

New (and Improved)?

Another week of technology overload: A new car and upgraded phones have made me long to live in a lighthouse....more

10/27/2014 - Automotive Industry Smartphones Technology

Wikimedia Makes Monkey Out Of Photographer (Or Is It Vice Versa?)

Last month, Wikimedia (the operator of Wikipedia) again refused the request of British photographer David Slater to remove a picture of a monkey from the Wikimedia Commons database of publicly available photographs....more

9/15/2014 - Copyright Photographs Wikimedia

A Rose By Any Other Name…

It is rare that items from the United States Patent and Trademark Office are “breaking news” or even make general news headlines. But it happened Wednesday (6/18/14) with the announcement that the Trademark Trial and Appeal...more

6/24/2014 - Blackhorse v Pro-Football Football Native American Issues NFL Redskins Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks USPTO

Facing the Music

Every so often I notice a news item about a lawsuit being brought by ASCAP or BMI to enforce their music licensing rights against some small bar or restaurant. ASCAP ( American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)...more

10/29/2013 - ASCAP Copyright Licenses Music Music Industry

Latest Trademark Email Scams

Do you ever notice how scams seem to run in cycles? One week you’ll get three offers for a pre-approved loan upon the payment of an upfront fee, and then a couple of weeks later, you win four different jackpots in the...more

7/25/2013 - Customs and Border Protection Email Fraud Scams Trademarks USPTO

Enthusiastic Fan or Dangerous Competitor?

I like Trader Joe’s. I like the atmosphere – not unlike the small-town grocery stores I knew growing up. I like the products – interesting choices and, at least, perceived quality. But I’m not sure I like their legal...more

6/28/2013 - Competition First Sale Doctrine Infringement Trade Dress Trademarks Trader Joes

The Wide World of Trademarks

As I was digging around recently for some information regarding worldwide trademark activity, I ran across the 2012 State of Trademark Report from Thomson CompuMark and got caught up in the reports and statistics of the World...more

5/22/2013 - Applications Trademarks WIPO

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