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Belmora Takes Its FLANAX Headache to the U.S. Supreme Court

Well, a lot has happened since we last reported on the District Court’s decision in the FLANAX trademark dispute. As you may recall, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board granted Bayer’s Petition and cancelled the FLANAX...more

10/26/2016 - Lanham Act Trademark Litigation Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Redskins’ Petition to Join SLANTS Case

Further to our post last Friday on the SLANTS trademark case, the U.S. Supreme Court today, without comment, refused the Redskins’ Petition to join the SLANTS case challenging the U.S. Trademark Office’s ban on “offensive”...more

10/3/2016 - Amicus Briefs Appeals Disparagement Football Lanham Act Redskins The Slants Trademark Office Trademarks

The SLANTS Trademark Will Play One More Gig: U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Ban on Disparaging Trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will review whether the U.S. Trademark Office can deny registration of offensive trademarks or whether such prohibition violates the First Amendment. The dispute affects the...more

9/30/2016 - Disparagement First Amendment Football Free Speech Lanham Act Popular Redskins The Slants Trademark Registration Trademarks

Dilution Update: NYC BEER Is Not Diluted, But The Empire State Building Is

Trademark dilution is a concept not easily understood. Although, we have written about this topic in previous posts, a recent decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, ESRT Empire State Building, L. L. C. v. Michael...more

6/30/2016 - Appeals Dilution Logos Trademark Act Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

MAYA And MAYARI Are Not Confusingly Similar When Used On Wine

The Federal Circuit has upheld the findings of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that use of the marks MAYA and MAYARI on wine is not likely to cause confusion. Oakville Hills Cellar, Inc. vs. Georgallis Holdings, LLC,...more

6/29/2016 - Likelihood of Confusion Trademark Litigation Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks Wine & Alcohol

DICKMAN’S Pickles: Just Another Unregistrable Surname

The US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has, again, explained how and when surnames may function as trademarks. In re Enumclaw Farms LLC, Application Serial No. 85942195 (TTAB June 24, 2016). ...more

6/29/2016 - Inherently Distinctive Surnames Trademark Registration Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks Young Lawyers

PETA Isn’t Monkeying Around With Copyright Ownership Rights

As we reported in a recent post, PETA lost its efforts, on behalf of Naruto the monkey, to secure his claim to copyright ownership of his “selfie” photograph. ...more

3/25/2016 - Copyright Infringement Copyright Ownership PETA Photographs Popular Selfies

Monkey See, Monkey Sue Doesn’t Fly Under U.S. Copyright Law

In August 2014, we posted about a copyright ownership dispute involving selfie photographs. The disputed selfie photographs were taken by a monkey named Naruto in Indonesia in 2011. The photography equipment used to take...more

2/24/2016 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Motion to Dismiss PETA Photographs Selfies The Copyright Act

Washington Redskins Haven’t Won Yet: Why the Constitutionality of Section 2(a) is Not Yet Final

What do Washington D.C.’s NFL team, the Redskins, and Mr. Tam’s rock band, The Slants, have in common? Both have enjoyed unexpected victories recently and both have been called “disparaging” by the Patent and Trademark Office...more

1/5/2016 - Chilling Effect Commercial Speech Disparagement Free Speech Redskins Strict Scrutiny Standard The Slants Trademark Registration Trademarks USPTO

Federal Circuit Rules Federal Trademark Statute Ban on Disparaging Marks to Be Unconstitutional

On December 22nd, 2015, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the section of the Lanham Act which bans registration of “disparaging” trademarks is an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment free...more

12/23/2015 - Disparagement First Amendment Free Speech Lanham Act Redskins Trademark Cancellation Trademark Registration

…..and Don’t Even Think About Advertising a MARCH MADNESS Event Either!

It is that time of year again, coming off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, when everyone gets on the college basketball bandwagon in the season of “MARCH MADNESS.” Brackets are being completed, college jerseys are being pulled...more

3/17/2015 - Advertising March Madness NCAA Trademark Infringement Trademarks

Bayer Given a Headache by Trial Court Decision in FLANAX US Trademark Dispute

On February 6, 2015, a US District Court issued a ruling which underscores the territorial nature of trademark rights and the need to seek formal protection for your marks where possible in all countries of interest. The US...more

3/3/2015 - Bayer Lanham Act Mexico Paris Convention Popular Trademark Infringement Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

Use It or Lose It: When Can a Trademark Registered Under Section 44(e) or 66(a) Be Deemed “Abandoned” in the US?

Unlike most countries, US trademark law generally requires that a mark be in use before it can be protected. The US recognizes common law rights in unregistered marks if they have been adopted in good faith and are in actual...more

2/4/2015 - Abandonment Commercial Use Intent-to-Use Popular Registration Trademarks USPTO

Don’t Even Think About Advertising a SUPER BOWL Party!

As we all know, Super Bowl XLIX will be played this Sunday in Phoenix, Arizona between the defending Champion Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. There will be events of all kinds organized all around the country...more

1/27/2015 - Corporate Counsel Football IP License NFL Super Bowl Trademarks

The US Supreme Court Holds that Juries Should Decide the Issue of Trademark Tacking

In the first substantive trademark decision it has issued in a decade, the US Supreme Court, in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, case number 13-1211 (January 21, 2015), affirmed the Ninth Circuit by holding that whether two...more

1/22/2015 - Hana Financial v Hana Bank Jury Questions Likelihood of Confusion SCOTUS Tacking Trademarks

“Copyright and Marriage Equality Act” Bills Introduced in both the House and Senate

On January 6, 2015, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced Senate bill 23 entitled the “Copyright and Marriage Equality Act.” The bill would amend Section 101 of title 17 of the United States Code by striking the current definitions...more

1/21/2015 - Copyright Marriage Equality Pending Legislation Spouses Surviving Spouse

The US Department of Justice Seeks to Intervene in the Washington Redskins’ Trademark Suit to Defend the Constitutionality of the...

The Washington Redskins professional football team will soon not only be battling Native Americans over the registrability of the REDSKINS trademark, but will also have to cross swords with the US Government. Last week, the...more

1/14/2015 - Appeals DOJ Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Fifth Amendment Football Lanham Act Native American Issues Notice of Intent Redskins Takings Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks USPTO

The US Trademark Office Rings in the New Year with Some Reduced Fees!

It is not only the price of oil and gas that is dropping! The US Trademark Office has reduced the filing fees for new trademark applications and for registration renewal applications. The previous filing fee for each class in...more

1/8/2015 - Electronic Filing Filing Fees USPTO

It’s a Material IP World: Trademarks, Copyrights, Design Patents and Fabric Designs

Fabric design is a creative art form that has existed for thousands of years. Although the methods for creating such designs have evolved, the purpose and function of such designs has not changed as significantly. Fabric...more

11/6/2014 - Copyright Design Patent Patents Trademarks

Washington Redskins Challenge the Constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act

The Washington Redskins trademark controversy is far from over. Despite the fact that certain news and sports commentators and mainstream newspapers and organizations have announced that they will no longer use the term...more

8/28/2014 - America Invents Act Blackhorse v Pro-Football Disparagement Fifth Amendment First Amendment Football Lanham Act Popular Redskins Registration Sports Takings Trademarks

Copyright Ownership is not Monkey Business: Wikimedia and Slater Fight Over Selfie Photographs

A simmering dispute about ownership of a copyright in photographs has now garnered international attention. As more fully reported in an article in the British newspaper The Telegraph, British photographer David Slater has...more

8/8/2014 - Copyright Photographs Wikimedia

Tesla Successfully Resolves Chinese Trademark Dispute

Further to our recent Tesla Motors post, Bloomberg and BNA report that Tesla has resolved its trademark dispute with Zhan Baosheng, the individual who registered the TESLA marks in China. ...more

8/7/2014 - China Popular Tesla Trademark Litigation Trademarks

And Speaking of Foreign Trademark Filing Strategy: Tesla Motors is Sued in China for Trademark Infringment

Further to our recent post about the worldwide trademark trials and tribulations of Anheuser-Busch and its BUDWEISER trademark, we now report that the up-and-coming electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. has been sued...more

7/10/2014 - China Infringement Popular Tesla Trademark Litigation Trademarks

Trademark Rights around the World: It May Be BUDWEISER® in the US, But Not Everywhere

Anheuser-Busch, the venerable American beer brewer, and Budejovicky Budvar NP, a Czech beer brewer, have been fighting since the 19th century over rights around the world to the BUDWEISER trademark. A Czech town called Ceske...more

7/1/2014 - Anheuser-Busch EU Federal Trademark Register Popular Registration Trademark Litigation Trademarks

Let’s Set the Record Straight….the Redskins Still Own the REDSKINS Tradmarks

The overwhelming public reaction to the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s June 18 decision canceling six REDSKINS trademark registrations on grounds that the mark disparaged Native Americans has been impressive. However,...more

6/20/2014 - Blackhorse v Pro-Football Disparagement Football Laches Native American Issues NFL Popular Redskins Registration Trademark Act Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

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