Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Likelihood of Confusion at Its Most Blatant

Imagine my surprise and amusement to find a recent shipment of wine included a very interesting red blend. The bottle featured a name that would make any trademark lawyer do a double-take..…more
| Intellectual Property

Adidas v. Puma: Another three-stripe lawsuit

We’ve written on several occasions about the aggressive policing by Adidas of its well-known “three-stripe” mark for shoes, including attempts to enforce its mark against other two-stripe or four-stripe designs (with some…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

The Big Ten and the NCAA Tip Off for MARCH Marks

You don’t have to be a sports fan to be aware of MARCH MADNESS, the name associated with the annual tournament to determine the college basketball national champion. The tournament is organized by the National Collegiate…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

McCarthy Institute Trademark Seminar 2017

One of the current challenges in trademark law addressed in Seattle last week at the Amazon Corporate Conference Center, host of the 2017 McCarthy Institute and Microsoft Corporation Symposium, is an issue we have discussed…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

Do I Need a Patent Prior Art Search?

This is a common question among many new inventors. To be patentable, an invention must be novel and non-obvious in view of the “prior art.” Prior art includes prior filed patents, patent applications, and other public…more
| Intellectual Property

Checking in on Sony’s “Lens-Style Camera” Application

Way back in 2015, I blogged about an interesting non-traditional configuration mark application from Sony for its QX100 “Smartphone Attachable Lens-Style Camera” with the PTO…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Who Will Own New Designs in a Jetsons-like Era?

While on my flight back from speaking on trademarks & the alcohol industry at this year’s CiderCon, I listened to a fascinating TedTalks podcast on advancements in artificial intelligence that you can find here. Some of the…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Wawa Not Gaga Over Dawa?

Earlier this month, Wawa, an East Coast convenience store chain, demonstrated it is not gaga over a single location food mart called Dawa..…more
| Intellectual Property

Trademarks First!

President Trump has been in office for less than a month. Yet it would be fair to say that his time in office has been, if nothing else, eventful. While the more important aspects of his policies have received far greater…more
| Intellectual Property

Patriots Granted Registrations for “Perfect Season” That Never Was

Regardless of which team you were rooting for, this year’s Super Bowl (a/k/a the Big Game) was an exciting one to watch, with the Patriots making a surprising comeback in the second half, racking up 31 consecutive points to…more
| Business Organizations, Intellectual Property

The Supreme Court Tackles Disparaging Trademarks

From my title, you may think I am referring to the battle over the REDSKINS trademark. However, the In re Tam case beat the REDSKINS team to the high court. The case involving the REDSKINS mark is currently on hold until the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

Let the Games Begin

Many of you interested in the video game and media industry have undoubtedly heard that Oculus recently lost a jury trial to Zenimax which resulted in a $500 million jury verdict. However, what many (or at least some) of you…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

NASCAR Brand Gasoline at a Pump Near You?

With the Strafford Publications webinar later today discussing the Lanham Trademark Act’s “Use in Commerce” requirement, with some of my favorite panelists no less, the topic has been on my mind, even when pumping gas into my…more
| Intellectual Property

Your Favorite App-Based Ride Service?

Before you answer the question posed in the title of this post, your initial question might be: What is an App-Based Ride Service? The Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport is using a handy sign directing passengers on…more
| Intellectual Property

Initial Interest Confusion: Initially Interesting, Ultimately Harmless?

In the market for sunglasses, I recently went to Amazon.com and searched for “Holbrook sunglasses.” HOLBROOK is, of course, a trademark of Oakley, Inc. – but I had no intention of purchasing Oakleys. Instead, I wanted a far…more
| Intellectual Property
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