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Disparaging, Degrading, Derogatory Trademarks: They're Now Enforceable Says Supreme Court

by Lewitt Hackman on

You may remember that several national sports franchises are under fire for trademarks and branding that is seen to be racially disparaging. The Washington Redskins are the first team to come to mind, and it wasn’t too long...more

Franchising and virtual reality and augmented reality – what legal issues you need to be considering now

by Dentons on

With predictions that Virtual Reality arcades may be a new trend, the time has come for franchisors to seriously consider the impact on franchising of the growth in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Although...more

Trademark Essentials

by Matthew Blair on

Trademark Essentials, Registration, TEAS, Trademark infringement, incontestability....more

10 STEPS TO MAINTAIN YOUR TRADEMARK (SERVICE MARK) - REGISTERED or NOT

by Alexander Butterman on

A TRADEMARK REGISTRATION CAN BE VALID INDEFINITELY PROVIDED THE FOLLOWING TEN (10) STEPS ARE TAKEN: 1 through 8: USE the mark (this cannot be emphasized enough); 9: ENFORCE exclusive rights to the mark; and 10: RENEW...more

When You're A Jet You're A Jet All The Way ... Unless You Eventually Become A Coyote Or Start Out As A Thrasher

For those of you following professional sports generally, and hockey in particular, you now know that Winnipeg has a new NHL team called the Winnipeg Jets. The “new” Jets recently unveiled their updated logo which you can see...more

Trademarks: 9th Circuit Identifies A New Set Of Four Factors For Adwords/Keyword-Advertising Disputes

by Douglas Lytle on

On March 8, 2011, the 9th Circuit issued its opinion in Network Automation v. Advanced Sys. Concepts, --- F.3d ---, 2011 WL 815806 (9thC ir. 2011), addressing whether Network’s keyword advertising through Bing and Google...more

Sports Law Newsletter - July 30, 2009

IN THIS NEWSLETTER: *Jim Brown v. Electronic Arts: Can Hall of Fame Football Player Jim Brown Score a Touchdown Against EA for Scrambling His Image? *A New Marketplace for Sports Franchises: Bankruptcy Court Please...more

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