Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Why “Hours of Energy Now”?

Tim, after shopping at Costco over the weekend, the reason why the 5-Hour Energy folks seem so interested in owning “Hours of Energy Now” became more apparent..…more

| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Hours of Energy, But No Trademark Registration

The energy drink businesses is big, big business. From Red Bull and Monster to that strange 35 ounce purple can that you saw in a gas station once, consumers love energy drinks. Along with Red Bull and Monster, 5-Hour Energy is…more

| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Calling Non-Traditional Trademarks By Name

Things that are worth talking about need names. Good, distinctive names are best. As you may recall, last year we wrote this about non-verbal logos needing names..…more

| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Capturing Tiger Woods at The Masters

My second favorite golf major, The Masters, starts tomorrow in Augusta, Georgia. And as much as I dislike its history of racism, misogyny, and banning an announcer because he used the terms “bikini-waxed” and “body bags” during…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Personal...

Ola Crapola!

Crapola sounds like something worth saying on the way to Chicago, after discovering the size of your PowerPoint file is too large to get through the recipient’s firewall, and then realizing the USB flash drive containing your…more

| Communications & Media Law

It’s a Mouse World After All

Deadmau5 (\’ded-mau's\; a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman) is a popular house music artist who performs wearing a mouse-like head covering called the mau5head. On Twitter he calls himself an “Event Driven Marketing specialist,” so I…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law,...

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Contribution Limits

On Tuesday morning, a divided United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (572 U.S. ____ (2014)), striking down a portion of federal campaign finance law that imposed…more

| Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Waking Up Talented Artists to a New Game

Perusing the New York Times last weekend, I came across an article entitled “Wu-Tang Clan Plans to Sell Just One Copy of a New Album.” Oh, so they are going to offer one download and watch it permeate the world virally?…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law

The Modern Family and the Modern Estate

Practitioners Need to be Aware of Changing Trends - The removal of the estate and gift tax curtain is exposing what was always clients’ true concern: how to provide for the ultimate well-being of their families. No longer…more

| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Minnesota Enacts New Estate and Gift Tax Laws

On March 21, 2013, Governor Dayton signed a tax bill that impacts Minnesota residents as well as those who reside out-of-state, but own real estate and other assets in Minnesota…more

| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Twilight Trademark Trial Now on Horizon

Another father-daughter trip to Bath & Body Works (BBW) this past weekend revealed that his and her Twilight Woods personal body care products are still available for sale..…more

| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

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