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Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States

Contact: Deb DuBois

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Coca-Cola’s Significant Interest in Zero Marks

Coca-Cola just announced it is introducing Coke Zero in India, which will make it the sub-brand’s 149th market in the world, a truly remarkable reach. As the popular Coke Zero brand is approaching its tenth anniversary in…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Googling Doesn’t Break Google Trademark

Our friend Professor Eric Goldman, over at his Technology and Marketing Law Blog, reported earlier this week that the Google trademark has survived a genericness attack by a fellow named David Elliot. Below is a link to Mr…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Executing Noriega?

As some of you may recall, I posted about a lawsuit Manuel Noriega brought against purveyors of the Call of Duty video game franchise arising from his depiction in the game. In essence, I suggested that Noriega’s lawsuit was…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Personal Injury

Personal Brand Management for Retirees (…of the NFL)

Dozens of former NFL players lit up the federal court docket here in Minnesota with filings on Monday targeted at Defendants including the National Football League, NFL Films, Inc., and NFL Productions, LLC…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Hot List for the 2014 Minnesota State House Elections

Recent polling and local community response has elevated a number of the 134 Minnesota State House elections to the “Hot List.” Most of these seats are in a swing district, have a potentially vulnerable freshman member and/or a…more
| Elections & Politics

Amici Weigh in on “Right to Register v. Right to Use” Trademark Case at Supreme Court

More than three months ago, we sounded the alarm about an important trademark case to consider the interplay between the right to register and the right to use a trademark:…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Will Montana-Based Victory Energize Win Its “Trademark Bully” Charge Against Monster?

Last week more allegations of “trademark bullying” appeared in the headlines. This time, Victory Energize, an energy drink company based in Missoula, Montana, is calling out Monster Energy for sending a cease and desist letter…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

The House That Solitude Built

Ever tried to search for directions on your so-called “smart” phone by the name of your intended destination? What if it directed you to the museum you searched, but unwittingly not the museum you intended to visit…in the same…more
| Intellectual Property, Real Estate - Residential

Honey Badger Don’t Care, but the Owner of the Trademark Rights Do Care

We truly live in an amazing time, where nearly any person with access to a computer can obtain a nearly infinite amount of knowledge, create and distribute ideas and works of art to the entire world. Also, there are lots of cat…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Silicon Valley x Fashion District = Blurred Lines

Growing up in the 80s, it’s amazing how both fashion and technology have evolved since Scrunchies and Commodore 64s – although a quite separate evolution. I can’t recall a fashionable pager (really, go try to find one), or a…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

(Subway) Eat Flesh, An Effective Parody?

This past weekend one of my sons said, “Dad, I have a good blog topic for you.” After he explained, it was clear, yes, son you do! So, he sent me the photo to the left. It is one that he recently snapped at a place that sells…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Claims of Copying a Girl’s Best Friend

If you thought this would be about diamonds you are wrong. It is about chocolate! My favorite candy REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup is at the heart of Hershey Co.’s (“Hershey”) recently filed suit against LBB Imports LLC…more
| Intellectual Property

To Speak Or Not To Speak About A Data Breach

I recently posted about some companies making the decision to not announce when a data security breach has occurred, or at least they would think twice before announcing. According a couple crisis communication experts, that…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Important Budget and Legislative Dates

While everyone is focused on the upcoming November 4th elections, Minnesota’s Executive Branch is quietly assembling budget recommendations for the FY 2016-2017 biennium. These recommendations ultimately will be presented to the…more
| Elections & Politics

A Powerful New Trademark for Apple?

All eyes were on Apple on Tuesday, September 9th as Apple unveiled a new line of products. The new line includes the iPhone 6 as well as the long awaited, expected, and rumored Apple watch (which, after years of speculation,…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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