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Sorry, Apple, Assignment of ITU Applications Isn’t MAGIC

Another installment of Apple surveillance: it appears the tech giant has enlisted a shell company to file trademark applications for its newest products. Problem is, they might be stuck there…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

To Search or Not to Search

Inditex – the parent company of fashion giant Zara – sued a small New York-based brand over the use of the mark Zara Terez (“ZT”). Zara Terez was launched in 2008 by friends Zara Terez Tisch and Amanda Schabes. The complaint…more
| Intellectual Property

A Handy List of Star Wars References that Might Get You Sued

With its purchase of Lucasfilms and the Star Wars franchise, Disney did not wait long to begin exploiting the works. Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released on Dec. 18, 2015 and grossed more than $2 billion at the box…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Houston (College of Law) Has a Problem

A trademark problem, that is, as reported by the Texas Tribune on Friday of last week. Lest you be fooled by the above reference to Houston College of Law being established in 1923, the name has only been around since June…more
| Education, Intellectual Property

Trademark satire is no joke to the City of Atlanta

Check out this City of Atlanta Facebook page. The funny thing is that it’s not run by the City of Atlanta. Although the posts are titled “City of Atlanta” and use the City’s official seal, the page consists of satirical humor…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

The Note 7 – Taking Samsung Down in Flames?

I own a Samsung phone. Thankfully not a Note 7. My prior phone was a Samsung as well. Will my next one be a Samsung?…more
| Communications & Media Law, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Four T’s at Four: What Breweries Need to Know About Their IP Before They Consider an Exit

“Forties at 4” was a time-honored Friday tradition among my engineering classmates in college. After our last class, several of them would purchase Miller (if we could find it in a 40 oz) or Old English or some other malt…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions

Lawsuit Involving IP Protection for a Lamp

Last week a federal lawsuit was filed in Minnesota by Blu Dot to protect alleged intellectual property rights in the floor lamp shown on the left below. The accused “strikingly and confusingly similar” floor lamp shown on the…more
| Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property for President 2016

The 2016 Presidential election season has produced moments of strife, humor, shock, and even a little magic. Most importantly, however, this election season has also provided us with plenty of IP fodder…more
| Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property

Austin’s SXSW Festival Wins Trademark “Fight” with the Australian Labor Party

Austin, Texas is well-known for its food, music scene, and of course its University of Texas Longhorns. The exclamation point on Austin’s notoriety though is the annual South by Southwest (a.k.a. SXSW) festival. Since its first…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Nihilist Arby’s: We Have The Tweets

I recently came across this new piece of merchandise available for sale online..…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Supreme Court Benches Dan Snyder’s Team

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Mr. Simon Tam’s arguments and review the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s majority decision striking as unconstitutional Lanham Act Section 2(a)’s bar against the federal…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Indigenous Peoples, Intellectual Property

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
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