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It Is Not All In The Family

Although a precedential decision allowing a “Family of Marks” to be considered in the context of an ex parte prosecution of an application that has been refused under Section 2(e)(1) to show acquired distinctiveness, this ruling…more
| Intellectual Property

Boldly Going Where no Fanfic has Gone Before

Fanfiction refers to the art of creating fiction using another author’s characters or universe. I was first introduced to the concept in high school, when a friend began writing Harry Potter fanfiction. (Side note: this is not…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

“Pardon Me, PORTON,” says PATRON, “But We Heard You”

Pisco is a light-colored brandy traditionally produced in portions of Peru and Chile.  One brand that offers this product in the United States is PISCO PORTÓN (the later word meaning “gate” in Spanish)…more
| Intellectual Property

When Less is More

Love the simplicity and honesty of this sign, captured on vacation, in a cozy crepe spot (had to get out of my chair and walk across the dining room to read the smaller print, well worth the steps)..…more
| Law Firm Marketing

ORAL B Wireless Floss?

I recently purchased a post-holiday present (for myself) – Apple’s AirPods, wireless headphones designed to integrate with Apple’s various products, including the iPhone 7 (which, helpfully, discarded the headphone jack in the…more
| Intellectual Property

The Chargers leave San Diego, but will they leave the brand too?

According to recent reports, the Chargers will announce this week that they are leaving sunny San Diego for also sunny Los Angeles. Over a short two year span, Los Angeles will have gone from zero NFL teams to two NFL teams, as…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

What’s in a name? Registration obtained for “Johnny Hockey”

Applying for a federal trademark registration for a name or nickname can be tricky business. For example, the registration of a mark is prohibited if it is “primarily merely a surname,” meaning that the primary significance of…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Second Circuit Agrees: Louis Vuitton Can’t Take a Joke

If you’re still looking for holiday gift for that special someone, the Second Circuit has your back. Fresh off the docket, the Second Circuit gave its blessing to My Other Bag’s line of parody canvas tote bags. For additional…more
| Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Outrageously Suggestive?

An oil change and tire rotation over the holiday yielded a little free time for me in our local Goodyear dealer’s waiting room, and it left me wondering about the Outrageously Dependable tagline of Interstate Batteries, so I…more
| Intellectual Property

The Vegas Golden Knights – Trademark Denied

Another update for you on the new Las Vegas NHL team. In my previous posts on this interesting saga (here and here), I discussed the team’s unique marketing and trademark strategy leading up to the announcement last month of the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Donald Trump is on to Something

Some credit Donald Trump’s win to his savvy social media presence, including tweeting. He reached millions of voters and caught the nation’s attention with his tweets. The courts are now recognizing this phenomenon…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

A Trademark Use in Commerce Story: Bonobos Buzz and a Two for One Specimen?

There are at least two kinds of buzz converging at the moment (perhaps three), especially for fashion forward and fit oriented trademark types here in Minneapolis…more
| Intellectual Property

JORDAN v. QIAODAN: The Lessons of Trademark Enforcement in China

Whether or not you agree Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time, he is certainly well-known. And after an over four-year battle, China’s trademark courts have agreed…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Jager Fears the Deer: Brand Refresh Turns Into Battle

The word “Jägermeister” conjures up memories (or maybe lapses in memory) for many. I have only had the German liqueur in the beautiful blue-collar town of Milwaukee, WI – home of my college alma mater. While you would never…more
| Intellectual Property

Who’s Watching (What) You Create?

This past weekend, with what appears to be our first lasting snowfall, I enjoyed following my daughter around the chilly alleys of downtown Minneapolis while she created for her photography class. As you can see from the moment…more
| Intellectual Property
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