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Pepsi Gets Grip on MLB All-Star Extravaganza

How cool is it to have the MLB All-Star Game and related events, right here in Minneapolis? Very. As the advertisement shows, Pepsi is playing a large role in the event, as the “Official Soft Drink” of the MLB All-Star...more

7/10/2014 - Advertising MLB PepsiCo Popular Trademarks USPTO

ED Ads: Humor From Across the Pond

On this last day of the month, we are shedding almost all seriousness to stand at attention while examining some recent London taxi cab humor — from the perspective of Lloyds Pharmacy – about treating the affliction of...more

7/1/2014 - Advertising Television Commercials UK

Owning a New Look Through Advertisements

We’ve spilled a lot of digital ink on the importance of “look for” advertising when a brand owner wants to legally own a non-traditional trademark like a single color, or perhaps the shape of a product, or even product...more

5/27/2014 - Advertising Brand Trademarks

Fair Use of GM’s Corvette Stingray?

While filling up my gas tank at our local Costco last week I coudn’t resist capturing this photo of pump signage to ask our dear readers a few pointed questions...more

5/12/2014 - Advertising Costco Fair Use General Motors Marketing Trademarks

Eat More Walleye?

It’s that time of year again, the Minnesota fishing opener is upon us this weekend, so Rapala is sporting its new billboard in the Twin Cities metro area, as shown below...more

5/5/2014 - Advertising Fishing Industry Marketing Trademarks USPTO

Touch Trademark Update

‘Tis the Season for billboard ads like this, sorry Nancy. Anyway, it reminded me of a very early post of mine on touch trademarks, here on DuetsBlog. That early blog post noted Diageo’s federally-registered...more

12/16/2013 - Advertising Billboards Marketing Trademarks USPTO

Tonight We Tanqueray a Trademark

Diageo, the Tanqueray brand owner is currently running billboard ads in the Twin Cities as part of its “Tonight We Tanqueray” ad campaign. A couple of years back when the campaign first was announced, Diageo explained it this...more

11/18/2013 - Advertising Brand Logos Wine & Alcohol

Driving Differentiation

Jason Voiovich, Director of Corporate Marketing, Logic PD Co-Branding outside of the footwear industry helps create competitive space with Nike...more

8/20/2013 - Advertising Brand Marketing Nike Trademarks

Another Nominative Fair Use Example?

Twitter seems to be going strong, despite early questions about whether it would ever shed the notion of being a waste of time, as evidenced by this currently running billboard ad...more

6/3/2013 - Advertising Fair Use Social Media Twitter

Uncomfortable Medical Advertisements

The colonoscopy has been the butt of jokes among medical procedures for a long time, but it is actually no laughing matter, as the Minnesota Department of Health’s Sage Scopes graphic billboard campaign reveals...more

5/17/2013 - Advertising

Rapala Billboard Ads Continue to Engage

It’s that time of year again. The fishing opener in Minnesota is upon us this coming Saturday, so Rapala is sporting its new billboard advertisement....more

5/7/2013 - Advertising Design Patent Trademarks

A New Generation of Storytelling: Getting a Grip on The New Pepsi Bottle Design

The importance of “storytelling” seems to be the buzzword lately when it comes to branding communications and decisions. For example, last August Branding Strategy Insider wrote that “Brands Must Master the Art of...more

4/8/2013 - Advertising Brand Marketing PepsiCo

McDonald’s Trade Dress? State Farm is There.

Passing by a roadside billboard recently (below is a miniature version I found in the Minneapolis skyway system), my first thought was, wow, McDonald’s is getting into the juicy lucy business...more

3/4/2013 - Advertising McDonalds State Farm Trade Dress

Super (Bowl) Sunday, Ads Coming Soon

Looks like the V Bar at The Venetian Resort, Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, is having some sort of function on “Super Sunday” – February 3rd (that date sounds familiar)...more

2/1/2013 - Advertising Licenses Logos NFL Super Bowl

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