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#Trademarks?: Hashtags as Trademarks

Hashtags have become ubiquitous in social media, but their status as intellectual property—particularly as trademarks—is still developing. First adopted by Twitter users to link user posts, hashtags are character strings...more

Super Inspire Me!

I had the great fortune to attend the recent FUSE conference held in Chicago for design and branding professionals, and see Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock speak. ...more

Brandmarking - Volume 4 Number 1 - February 2015

Good News from Washington (For a Change): Trademark Filings Just Got Cheaper - The old joke is that the three least believable sentences in the English language are: "The check is in the mail," "Of course I’ll...more

Brave New World

Tiffany & Co. made some waves over the past several weeks when it featured a same sex couple in its “Will You?” engagement campaign.  Tiffany is the first “famous” brands to take this path, and they are undoubtedly hoping...more

Brands weigh benefits, risks of ‘cause-related marketing’

The morning after the last game of the 2014 World Series, Joe Torre got up early, put on a new uniform and flew to New York to get to work. Torre isn’t trying to make a comeback as a manager. The Hall of Famer and World...more

Mayhem: Ahem, Metaphorically Speaking

Metaphors are a good choice for trademarks. A metaphor typically requires some thought, imagination or perception to understand the connection between the mark and what’s for sale....more

Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s Trademark Lawsuit

Whether you love, hate, or are indifferent to the Kardashian franchise, the Kardashian sisters undeniably know how to market and brand themselves and their products. In December 2012, the Kardashian sisters hoped to...more

Proper Trademark Selection to Create a Strong Brand

What a Trademark is and What it Does. A trademark is any word, name, symbol, or device, or combination thereof, used to identify and distinguish the goods (i.e., products) of one supplier from those of others. A...more

What Trademark Filing Trends Reveal About Expected Brand Growth – and What it Means for Your Global Brand Protection Strategy

The 2013 Trademark Report by Thomson Compumark provides an overview of trademark activity across 186 countries, including the most active product and services Classes and a revealing by-market breakdown that examines filing...more

Jumping on the "Made in the U.S.A." Bandwagon

Retailers are increasingly praising the importance of placing the “Made in the USA” phrase on their product packaging and labels. Customers, not only in the U.S. but worldwide, are now demanding “Made in America” merchandise....more

What’s In Your Wallet, a Cafe?

Since 2000, Capital One Financial — the nation’s largest direct bank – has been promoting its credit card services by asking What’s in Your Wallet? Three years later it began promoting banking and other financial services...more

‘The Late Show’ Heir Must Rebrand Before Taking the Chair

Corporate and personal brands alike should generate broad appeal and loyalty among key audiences and also evolve in order to withstand competitors and the test of time. But what happens when a celebrity brand, one that has...more

Rebranding “Sexy”

On my first day of law school, I received a piece of advice that sticks with me today: if you don’t know, the answer is always “it depends.” In the world of advertising, the most common “easy answer” is “sexy.” If you can’t...more

A tag line we really like: “Defense Lawyers. Defense Leaders.”

We developed an integrated marketing campaign for FDCC, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. It’s an international honorary association of 1,000 of the absolute best defense litigators and in-house professionals. ...more

I May Be Old, But I Got To See All The Cool Brands.

As I was perusing Facebook the other day, I stumbled upon the following picture posted by a friend. For reasons unknown to me, I inserted the letter “r” into “bands” while reading this shirt, and I thought to myself,...more

Outlawing Ambush Marketing

With the 2011 Rugby World Cup (‘RWC’) in New Zealand living up to its billing as the ‘Stadium of Four Million’, the Rugby Football Union and the RWC 2015 Organising Committee have a daunting task ahead of them in exceeding...more

PR Lessons from the NYC Mayoral Race

When Bill de Blasio won the New York Democratic primary for mayor with a large enough margin to avoid a run-off, the pundits weighed in on what was an impressive victory for someone who had been running a distant fourth not...more

The Top 25 Law Marketing Cliches to Avoid.

As a whole, lawyers are very literal, often too literal for good marketing. As a result, many firms simply opt for the obvious icons that represent the general concept of “Law,” just like most of their closest competitors. ...more

Jell-O Revival From What?

Earlier this month E.J. Schultz of AdAge wrote about Kraft’s plan to revive Jell-O: “For Kraft Foods Group, J-E-L-L-O has spelled disappointment of late. The brand — once known for fun advertising starring the likes of...more

Driving Differentiation

Jason Voiovich, Director of Corporate Marketing, Logic PD Co-Branding outside of the footwear industry helps create competitive space with Nike...more

Nobody Does it Better: Puffery or False Advertising?

A recent decision resolving an advertising dispute between Campbell Soup Company and Tropicana Products, Inc. reinforced what we know to be empirically true: simply claiming to be the “best” really doesn’t mean much at all. ...more

Coca-Cola Open for Co-Branding?

By now you know how much I love the Coca-Cola brand and advertising, and this beautiful gem of a billboard is no exception...more

Subliminal Messages

As I was enjoying a Wendy’s chocolate frosty, I began thinking about the new Wendy’s logo I had seen in several articles on Yahoo! In the midst of the hoopla about the “hidden” or subliminal message in the new logo, I got to...more

A New Test for Trademark Suggestiveness

Let’s call it the Family Feud test of trademark suggestiveness . . . We’ve written a lot here about the all-important Spectrum of Distinctiveness, a key tool for those who name products and services, and for those who...more

The (Best) Method to the Madness Behind Choosing a Company Name or Mark

The Wall Street Journal ran a print article on July 18, 2013 titled “What’s Behind Those Quirky Startup Names?” in which the author Lindsey Gellman discussed the derivation behind unique startup names such as Mibblio, Kaggle,...more

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