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Mayhem: Ahem, Metaphorically Speaking

Metaphors are a good choice for trademarks. A metaphor typically requires some thought, imagination or perception to understand the connection between the mark and what’s for sale....more

11/3/2014 - Brand Marketing Trademarks

Coca-Cola’s Significant Interest in Zero Marks

Coca-Cola just announced it is introducing Coke Zero in India, which will make it the sub-brand’s 149th market in the world, a truly remarkable reach. As the popular Coke Zero brand is approaching its tenth anniversary...more

9/30/2014 - Brand Coca Cola Popular Trademarks

A Less Possessive Hershey’s Brand?

The possessive form of the Hershey’s brand dates back to at least as early as 1894, according to U.S. Reg. No. 54,041 – a more than 100 year old trademark registration from 1906....more

9/3/2014 - Brand Hersheys Trademarks

Trademark Pronunciation Revisited

Remember this little gem on trademark pronunciation from the DuetsBlog archives two years ago? - Open Wide and Say Ahh: Probing Brand Name & Trademark Pronunciation Judging from a search of Google, the JD Supra...more

8/6/2014 - Brand CAFC Trademarks

Harley-Davidson Booze Coming Soon?

With the 74th Anniversary of the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally less than a week away, it seemed like a good time to check in on recent Harley-Davidson trademark activity at the USPTO....more

7/28/2014 - Brand Harley-Davidson Popular USPTO

Apple’s Word Count for Non-Verbal Branding

A picture is said to say a thousand words, and ironically that is almost literally and exactly true when it comes to Apple’s focus on non-verbal icon branding....more

7/9/2014 - Apple Brand Trademarks

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

What’s In Your Wallet, a Cafe?

Since 2000, Capital One Financial — the nation’s largest direct bank – has been promoting its credit card services by asking What’s in Your Wallet? Three years later it began promoting banking and other financial services...more

5/19/2014 - Banks Brand Capital One Financial Products Marketing Trademarks USPTO

Why “Hours of Energy Now”?

Tim, after shopping at Costco over the weekend, the reason why the 5-Hour Energy folks seem so interested in owning “Hours of Energy Now” became more apparent...more

4/14/2014 - 5-Hour Energy Brand Trademarks

Ola Crapola!

Crapola sounds like something worth saying on the way to Chicago, after discovering the size of your PowerPoint file is too large to get through the recipient’s firewall, and then realizing the USB flash drive containing your...more

4/7/2014 - Brand Generic USPTO

Anticipation . . . But, Heinz is Not Keeping Melinda’s Habanero Ketchup Waiting

Last month Heinz, a brand “synonymous with ketchup throughout the world,” and a seller of “650 million bottles of Heinz ketchup each year,” brought a federal trademark infringement and dilution lawsuit in Texas to enforce...more

4/4/2014 - Brand Dilution Heinz Infringement Trademarks

Swoosh & Striped Shoes?

A little over a year ago, I pondered about whether anyone might be confused into believing Nike and Adidas had teamed up, given this shoe display...more

3/24/2014 - Adidas Brand Nike

Inventing a Generic Category Name

MillerCoors is currently running this Lite Beer ad, promoting the limited edition original can, and taking credit for inventing the light beer category, way back in 1973....more

2/17/2014 - Brand MillerCoors Trademarks

Opening Pandora’s Box?

At the risk of opening up the infamous box, what do you think of the crown logo atop the Pandora sign in the Las Vegas airport?...more

2/11/2014 - Brand Logos

Bungle in the Beer Tapper Jungle?

The Sports Bar in the Mirage Resort & Casino, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, is currently sporting a pretty interesting collection of tap beers, from left to right: Bud Light, Goose Island Honker’s Ale, Stella Artois,...more

2/10/2014 - Brand Breweries Design Patent Lanham Act Non-Traditional Trademark Protection Trade Dress Trademarks Wine & Alcohol

Here’s Another D-Word

Here is a blast from the past: The D-Word: What Ever You Do, Don’t “Describe” Your Brand! And, here is something a little more recent that I found on a recent business trip to Las Vegas...more

1/21/2014 - Brand Trademarks

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

Grading Distinctive Vodka Bottle Trademarks

Last week, Works Design Group highlighted five vodka bottle designs to love. No doubt, a nice collection of very creative work. This stacked ice cube design is my favorite from their set...more

11/12/2013 - Brand Trademarks Wine & Alcohol

Is Your Brand All About What It’s Not?

Good homemade mac-n-cheese dishes are a real weakness for me, so this past weekend I couldn’t resist capturing this image from a local restaurant menu...more

9/16/2013 - Brand

A Fluid Family of Trademarks?

John Welch over at the TTABlog recently reported that oral argument will be heard by the TTAB later this month in McDonald’s opposition of McSweet LLC’s application to federally register McSweet for pickled vegetable...more

9/4/2013 - Brand McDonalds Trademarks

Jell-O Revival From What?

Earlier this month E.J. Schultz of AdAge wrote about Kraft’s plan to revive Jell-O: “For Kraft Foods Group, J-E-L-L-O has spelled disappointment of late. The brand — once known for fun advertising starring the likes of...more

8/30/2013 - Brand Marketing Trademarks

Chick-fil-A to Land in Trademark Bully Court?

As Chick-fil-A enters the Twin Cities market, it has begun another creative billboard campaign touting the “End of Burgerz — Koming Soon,” with no sign of the “Eat Mor Chikin” campaign, as of yet anyway. Bo Muller-Moore of...more

8/27/2013 - Brand Chik-Fil-A Trademark Bullying

Tilt-a-Whirl Trademark, Not a Service Mark?

It is State Fair time again in Minnesota, so let’s examine the Tilt-a-Whirl brand. The brand originated in Minnesota almost 90 years ago, after the amusement park ride was invented by Herbert Sellner of Faribault, Minnesota....more

8/26/2013 - Amusement Parks Brand Trademarks

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

The Wharton School Goes to Trademark Court to Protect Its Business Reputation

Earlier this week, Joseph N. DiStefano of Philly.com reported that the University of Pennsylvania filed suit in federal district court to protect its well-known federally-registered rights in the WHARTON name and mark. (Hat...more

8/16/2013 - Brand Infringement Private Schools Reputation Management Trademarks

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