Tim Sitzmann

Tim Sitzmann

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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Legal Marijuana: New Branding Opportunities, Same Old Infringement

Whether driven by new laws or technology, companies and individuals always push the limits of the law at the beginning. Obvious examples like Napster come to mind, as well as the more dated example of the VCR. Out in...more

6/6/2014 - Brand Decriminalization of Marijuana Infringement Marijuana Popular Trademarks

Rebranding “Sexy”

On my first day of law school, I received a piece of advice that sticks with me today: if you don’t know, the answer is always “it depends.” In the world of advertising, the most common “easy answer” is “sexy.” If you can’t...more

5/8/2014 - Advertising Brand Charitable Donations Marketing Online Videos

One Man’s Trash Is Another Transit Authority’s Trademark

A while back, I discussed the New York State Department of Development’s enforcement efforts to prevent others from using the I?NY logo. It looks like the West Coast may have learned something from the East Coast, as San...more

8/2/2013 - Brand Cease and Desist Trademarks Transit Authority

This Ain’t Your Dad’s Hamburger Helper…

Brace yourselves everybody, I have some bad news: Hamburger Helper is no more. But wait! Don’t jump yet, friend. Thanks to a the General Mills marketing department, and fueled by loss of market share to new competition from...more

7/12/2013 - Brand Marketing Trademarks

These Colors Don’t Run, They Identify Sources.

Like most holidays, the Fourth of July is inextricably linked with childhood memories, the smell of amazing food, time with family, and yes, even brands and trademarks. While logos and brand names for marshmallows and hot...more

7/5/2013 - Brand Infringement Oscar Meyer Product Packaging Trade Dress Trademarks

He really does clean everything!

According to this classic 1958 commercial, Mr. Clean does everything: floors, doors, halls, and walls! (I don’t think I’d take Mr. Clean to my diamond jewelry though as the commercial suggests). It turns out that Mr. Clean...more

3/20/2013 - Brand Marketing Proctor & Gamble

March Madness: Who Are Your Top (Logo) Seeds?

Maria Cohn and Morgen Bromell of the website Complex recently published a list of the 50 Most Iconic Brand Logos of All Time. While lists like these are released somewhat frequently, this one has a major distinguishing...more

3/14/2013 - Brand Logos Marketing

Rock, paper, horns.

Here is a fun exercise. Hold your hand up and make a closed fist. Raise your index finger, and now your pinky. Now look at your hand, what does this symbol mean to you? If you said “Hook ‘em Horns,” the University of Texas...more

2/21/2013 - Brand Gestures Infringement Source-Identification Function Trademarks Wordmarks

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