Use of a trademark as a verb is an oft-cited example of trademarks becoming generic, and frequently used as an easy case of “genericide” by legal textbook authors (not to mention legal bloggers). The owners of famous...more
Genericide kills trademark rights. It has been alleged that “Tiffany setting,” encompassing the famous TIFFANY mark owned by Tiffany and Company (“Tiffany”), is merely a generic term for a type of engagement ring....more
Trademark attorneys constantly tell clients not to use their trademarks as a noun or a verb; trademarks are adjectives that describe who makes a specific product or offers a specific service. To allow your trademark to be...more
If you were a Band-Aid brand adhesive bandage, and you were cut, would you protect yourself?
Brent, sorry I couldn’t help myself, I’m still enjoying your Louis Vuitton waffle-maker post.
With that intro, let’s turn...more
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