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There’s Something About Nutella

First off, hello DuetsBlog! I’m delighted to join Steve and the rest of the team here, and I hope I can add to the excellent content that authors past and present have brought to the site. I’ll start my post with a…more
| Intellectual Property

Erroneous UCC-3 Termination Leads to Disastrous Consequences

In a recent decision, a U.S. Court of Appeals held that the filing of a UCC-3 termination statement in a relatively simple payoff transaction between General Motors and a lender was still considered "authorized," despite the…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Who Needs the Lombardi When There is the Clio

It’s the week before Super Bowl, the week when I can’t look at my Twitter feed. Why? Well because I follow Ad Age, Adweek, the Minneapolis Egotist, and enough of you creative folks that my feed has been inundated with previews…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law

Would You Feel Friendly Toward Freddy?

As the brand manager or trademark counsel for Friendly’s, would you be friendly toward Freddy’s? I remember the Friendly’s restaurant chain when we lived in Columbia, Maryland, back in the days when I clerked for a…more
| Intellectual Property

The NFL’s Super Bowl Trademark Nonsense

It’s that time of year again. Time to tiptoe around and avoid use of or make any reference to the Super Bowl. Whoops. Anyway, we’ve discussed this phenomenon before..…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Week in Review - January 2015

Committee deadlines for the 2015 session were established this week: - March 20, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin; - March 27, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Taxation

Brave New World

Tiffany & Co. made some waves over the past several weeks when it featured a same sex couple in its “Will You?” engagement campaign.  Tiffany is the first “famous” brands to take this path, and they are undoubtedly hoping this…more
| Communications & Media Law

We Prefer A More Subtle, Delicate Approach

For those of you who have been with us since the beginning of this wonderful collaboration of legal and marketing types, known as DuetsBlog, you also know we have a mascot dubbed Duey — he’s depicted in the squirrel graphic at…more
| Intellectual Property, Law Firm Marketing

Free Speech: Paris Mayor Off-Message by Threatening Fox News Suit

The scene of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris ten days later. I returned from Paris on Tuesday after a short vacation.  As a bit of a news junky, it was admittedly an exciting time to be there.  When I arrived on Friday, we…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade

Tacking: It’s Not Just for Judges Anymore

The U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t frequently take on trademark cases, so yesterday’s release of its decision in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank should have been pretty exciting. We discussed the case back in June when the Court…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

The Odds and Evens of Q’s: Trademarks in the Car Industry

Last week was the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, one of the top trade shows in the automotive industry. The highlight of the show for car buffs was the new Ford GT, which I will try not to drool too much over…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Claim What’s Yours

How do you claim your trademark? There is no requirement that a company use one of the trademark designations in connection with their trademark, but it is a good practice to get into. Using either the “TM” or “Circle R” puts…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Owning the Visual Identity of a Generic Word

Unless you have created a highly stylized, distinctive, graphic representation of a generic designation, perhaps something like the Miller Lite script, don’t bother trying to own or enforce it:   Most likely, you’ll end…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Transportation Funding Issue Heats Up

Right out of the gate, both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature put forward transportation funding packages. It has been called the issue of the session. The need for reliable, efficient transportation touches everyone in…more
| Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

Singular Iconic Non-Verbal Logo Silhouettes?

We’ve spilled a fair amount of digital ink discussing the power of non-verbal logos, especially the few iconic ones that can truly stand alone as silhouettes and need no color or words to convey their unique singularity..…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property
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