Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

The RedBox Mark Has Gone to Waste and 3 Quick Lessons to Learn

The RedBox brand continues to dominate the movie rental market. For the uninitiated, RedBox is a brand of movie and video game rental vending machines placed in convenient locations like grocery stores, gas stations, and fast…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

What’s the Story with STORIES?

Instagram recently released a new feature called Instagram Stories, which allows users to curate a collection of photos or videos of moments to share with friends for them to view, but then it disappears after a day. The thing…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Worthwhile Uncomfortable Conversations

Seth Godin wrote this past weekend about joint ownership of creations..…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

The Olympic Branding Blackout

Has there been a more constant presence at the Rio Olympics than #brands? I saw it everywhere, from the Polo-branded opening ceremony garb (met with the requisite outrage) to Michael Phelps’ “MP” branded swimwear (of…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Special Session Tabled

After meeting with legislative leaders, Governor Dayton announced yesterday that he is abandoning his efforts to forge an agreement on an agenda for a special legislative session. There appears to be general agreement on the…more
| Elections & Politics

Welcome to the Hotel Chicago Dispute

Although not the title to an Eagles’ song like “Hotel California,” Hotel Chicago is in the news as it is at the heart of a trademark dispute. As I was booking a room at the Fairmont in Chicago for next month, I must admit I…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Champagne Velvet – A Brand Resurrected

I was in Indiana this past weekend and, as per my custom when in the Hoosier State, I went to pick up one of my preferred Hoosier brews. Right near the Upland Dragonfly was a six-pack of Champagne Velvet with a scribble at the…more
| Intellectual Property

Can Starbucks Tolerate Cannabis Parody?

A couple of weeks back, I captured this image from a t-shirt for sale in Starbucks’ backyard — at a shop in the Pike Place Market area of Seattle..…more
| Intellectual Property

With 5,000,000 Registrations in the Books, What’s Next?

Two months ago we discussed the impending issuance of U.S. Trademark Registration Number 5,000,000. That milestone has now come and gone, with Reg. No. 5,000,000 issuing on July 12, 2016. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you,…more
| Intellectual Property

Attorneys Getting Crafty About Firm Names

I consider myself to be, among other things, a craft beer attorney. I enjoyed speaking last week at the Midwest Craft Brewers Conference as part of a great panel on brand positioning, trademarks, and the use of social media in…more
| Law Firm Marketing

Primary Election Results

The Minnesota Primary Election held on August 9 contained a few surprises. Legislatively, the biggest change was the defeat of one of Minnesota’s longest serving House members, Representative Phyllis Kahn. In a sign of the…more
| Elections & Politics

Zero Tolerance #USOC Trademark Overreach

By way of follow-up to Tim’s and David’s recent discussions about Rio2016 and related U.S. Olympic Committee trademark enforcement issues, it appears that a local Minnesota carpet cleaning business called Zerorez, is poised to…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

The World’s Healthiest Trademark Puffery

Above the Law recently published a Techdirt story reporting that the USPTO denied Whole Foods‘ attempt to federally-register the laudatory trademark: “World’s Healthiest Grocery Store“…more
| Intellectual Property

Trans-Pacific Intellectual Property

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a favored talking point among our presidential hopefuls—is an international trade agreement between twelve nations. The agreement was signed earlier this year, but is not yet ratified in most…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Rio 2016: Out Counterfeiting the Counterfeiters

The Rio Olympics have decided that the best way to fight counterfeiters is to beat them at their own game; counterfeit themself. That’s not entirely true. Of course, you can’t really counterfeit what you own the rights to, for…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property
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