Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released aggregate economic forecast numbers this morning. The total surplus announced, before subtractions for past shifts, is $1.086 billion for fiscal years 2014-15. After the repayment…more
Growing up in the ’80s, I have fond memories of music, TV shows, and toys from that era, like Transformers, Michael Jackson, Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton, My Buddy & Kid Sister, Glow Worms, hair bands, He-Man, Square One,…more
Over Thanksgiving weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting my grandmother’s farmhouse in northwest Iowa. I don’t think I had been there in probably five years, as she had been living in California for most of that time…more
When you hang around trademark disputes long enough you start to see patterns, at least, at the ends of the spectrum (or not).
We have spilled much digital ink over allegations of “trademark bullying” — something that…more
I went to Best Buy on Monday to pick up a new modem (it probably would sound cooler if I said I was getting the Xbox One, but the truth is it was a modem). It’s been a little chillier than average here in Minnesota this week,…more
Apparently iPho by Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is quite good.
The logo design is eye-popping, and dare I say clever, but does it cross one of the many legal intellectual property lines?…more
There is a brand new exposer of potential intellectual property violations on the scene, meet LogoThief.
“We exist to name and shame logo thieves and all others who plagiarise the work of logo designers.”
Annie Clark and her husband, Jim, own a mom-and-pop shop called Black Bear Micro Roastery in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. Black Bear introduced its Charbucks blend in 1997, which is a dark roast coffee. In 2001, Black Bear was…more
The below video has actually been out for over a year now, but it recently experienced a resurgence through social media–particularly Facebook. As you will see from watching the video, it documents through time lapse…more
“Yes!” I exclaimed as I scrolled through my Facebook feed two days ago, “Perfect timing! I’ll get to follow-up on Brent Lorentz’s ‘You’ve gotta be shipping me!!’ DuetsBlog post from earlier this year…more
Diageo, the Tanqueray brand owner is currently running billboard ads in the Twin Cities as part of its “Tonight We Tanqueray” ad campaign. A couple of years back when the campaign first was announced, Diageo explained it this…more
Wine connoisseurs have been pairing food with their wines for centuries (okay, I’m guessing here, but it is probably a long time), paying close attention to all of the subtleties of the flavor, hints of oak, acidity, and other…more
Trademark law provides additional protection for famous trademarks. We have all heard of the famous trademarks COCA-COLA, KODAK, and WIMBLEDON. Although many trademark owners try, it is very difficult to achieve famous status…more
The Minnesota House has set January 13, 2014 as the deadline for the pre-filing of bill introductions for the 2014 Legislative Session. All pre-filed bills will be posted publicly and will be available for interim committee…more
Last week, Works Design Group highlighted five vodka bottle designs to love. No doubt, a nice collection of very creative work. This stacked ice cube design is my favorite from their set..…more