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For Wrigley Field Street Vendors, It’s Win or Go Home

The Chicago Cubs are rolling into the playoffs, putting the finishing touches on a historically dominant regular season with over 100 wins. Cubs fans (like me) even dare to dream that the century-plus long championship drought…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, International Law & Trade

A new NHL team: The Las Vegas Silver (or Desert) (or Golden) Knights

Have you heard about the NHL’s newest, not-yet-fully-named hockey team, based in Las Vegas? Although the team’s inaugural season will not begin until October 2017, season tickets have already sold out. This exciting news was a…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

How Would You Pronounce Infringement?

Last week, we discussed Caribou Coffee’s billboard ad referencing transparency — this week another installment from Caribou’s current Minneapolis skyway billboard campaign: That one made me think of this one, a post from a few…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Michigan v. M22: The Road Sign Trademark Battle

If you’ve ever driving north through Michigan, particularly during the autumn leaf season, I highly recommend taking the popular “scenic route,” that is, the route bordering the shore of Lake Michigan along the Leelanau…more
| Intellectual Property, Transportation

Trendy Shoemaker Cannot Slay the Fashion King

Plaintiff LVL XIII Brands Inc. (“LVL XIII”) must not have heard of the old saying: “Never strike a king unless you are sure you shall kill him.” The New York start-up sneaker company decided to take on fashion king Louis…more
| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

The Evolution of Pod-Shaped Lip Balm

I’m sure most of you have noticed those little egg shaped lip balms at the check out line in Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, and just about any other big store. The company that makes these, Evolution of Smooth or EOS, really hit on…more
| Intellectual Property

Owning a Cup of Trademark Transparency

Seeing this Caribou Coffee skyway billboard was a good reminder to me of how much we hear about the importance of transparency in our relationships, including those with brands we love..…more
| Intellectual Property

An OXI Surprise

One of the blessings of homeownership is the surprise that accompanies a major appliance breakdown. I had the pleasure of experiencing one of these events over Labor Day weekend when my dryer decided it was done working. Labor…more
| Intellectual Property

Raiding the Register: Trademarks and Franchise Relocation

It seems like each year a new sports franchise is threatening to move to a new city. Here in Minnesota, we recently ensured at least 15 more years of the Vikings with the newly opened U.S. Bank Stadium. Before the announcement…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Consumer Agreement Audits: Reduce Risk Posed by Financial Aggregators and Cyber Attacks

Has your banking organization conducted its annual review of its electronic banking agreements? If you haven’t, your organization may want to consider whether revisions are required to your bank’s deposit agreements, online…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

NEIL LANE: Branding in Paradise

I’ll admit it: if there’s a frivolous TV franchise I watch, it’s probably The Bachelor in one of its many iterations. Each series fits the same template: caricatures of eligible men and women stoke the flames of tear-stained…more
| Intellectual Property

Does a Commodity Ever Need to Apologize?

On this welcome Labor Day, a few different thoughts converged for me, so please allow me to answer my own question in the title of this post, starting by explaining the..…more
| Intellectual Property

Federal Cannabis Laws Don’t Impede Patentability

While the Lanham Act bars the federal registration of trademarks related to illegal goods and services, there is no such prohibition against patenting illegal products or processes. However, the value of such patents is…more
| Conflict of Laws, Intellectual Property

Timber! Will the Little Trees Car Freshener Configuration Trademark be Chopped Down?

We wrote about the above trademark warning ad a few years back, and the claimed trademark owner likely recognizing vulnerability as to validity..…more
| Business Torts, Intellectual Property

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
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