The other day, my better half and I were brainstorming the next great social media app. You know, the one that would propel us from our employers’ payrolls like circus performers out of a cannon? We had the concept down —...more
On my last trip to Las Vegas, I captured these photos at the so-called ”Ice Bar” located in the Golden Nugget in downtown Vegas (for my digital scrapbook of trademark storytelling)...more
As we have posted about more than a few times on DuetsBlog over the years (like here and here), the OLYMPICS trademark and the Olympic Rings mark are highly enforced marks that uniquely bear special protection granted from...more
We all loved that show. It was one of the top TV shows from 1994-2004 (now in syndication). The production company was “Bright Kauffman Crane productions,” and their logo had a colorful, slightly offbeat feel to it....more
At the risk of opening up the infamous box, what do you think of the crown logo atop the Pandora sign in the Las Vegas airport?...more
I. INTRODUCTION -
Over the past decade, the uncertainty of fashion’s status as protectable intellectual property has generated enormous controversy. It is no wonder: in 2011, apparel sales in the United States amounted...more
In deciding the latest dispute in an ongoing battle over the Baltimore Ravens “Flying B” logo, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a finding of fair use in connection with the display of the logo in videos...more
Yes, it has finally arrived: the end of December. Whether you’re someone who views the day as bitter sweet, dreading the day when the dirty looks from your neighbors force you to finally take down your decorations in...more
This is the time of year to anxiously look forward to all that is anticipated to come in 2014. But it is also the time to look back at all that has happened in 2013. Rather than simply give you links to all of the stimulating...more
My iPhone captured this Salvation Army ad posted on a Minneapolis bus that I was following this morning in snowy and very slow traffic.
Given how prominently the Red Kettle has become in Salvation Army advertisements,...more
Over Thanksgiving weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting my grandmother’s farmhouse in northwest Iowa. I don’t think I had been there in probably five years, as she had been living in California for most of that time....more
Apparently iPho by Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is quite good.
The logo design is eye-popping, and dare I say clever, but does it cross one of the many legal intellectual property...more
There is a brand new exposer of potential intellectual property violations on the scene, meet LogoThief.
“We exist to name and shame logo thieves and all others who plagiarise the work of logo designers.”
Your company has just come up with an exciting new product that enables someone to walk and chew gum at the same time! Just imagine all of the potential buyers out there who have been suffering for years from “Can’t Walk and...more
Diageo, the Tanqueray brand owner is currently running billboard ads in the Twin Cities as part of its “Tonight We Tanqueray” ad campaign. A couple of years back when the campaign first was announced, Diageo explained it this...more
What’s your Band Brand? One of the common questions that artists and bands always ask is, “How can I secure that my band brand so we are the only ones allowed to use that name and protect my logo?” If you end up being the...more
Fame tends to attract attention, and imitation, especially unwanted imitation from, well, even pests. The Google trademark appears to have obtained such a high degree of fame that no third party can include the word “Google”...more
There’s been a lot of talk recently regarding the merger discussions between 1,000-lawyer Orrick, and 700-lawyer Pillsbury Winthrop, which would create a Top Ten US law firm (See, e.g. Above the Law). It’s not a sure-thing,...more
A trademark (one word) is the identity you give your products. A service mark (two words—don’t know why, just the way it is) is the identity you give your services.
Originally Published on I-Sight.com - October 15,...more
So what does the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company have in common with the cable network that’s brought us such irreverent comedies as It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Louie, and The League? ...more
I. Perpetual Calendar—Make Sure You Have Time for Reasoned Decisions -
Stop trying to remember so much, reduce your stress, and avoid the risk of missing an important date. Every item that you can record onto a...more
Intellectual property is “inventions of the mind:” inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce to identify the owner as a source of goods or services. But what does this...more
In This Issue:
- Much Ado About YAHOO!
- Lawsuits Can Be Easier to Get Into Than to Get Out Of
- Johnny Football, Inc.
- Excerpt from Johnny Football, Inc.:
It should come as no surprise that...more
Last week began this series of five posts to highlight five developments from this past summer in the area of social media and employment law. In Part 4 today: The use of company logos, and picture taking in the workplace....more
In this issue:
- New Rules on Use of Child Models
- Impact of TTAB Rulings on Court Decisions
- Sports Teams’ Logos and Marks May Be Different
- It’s Ten O’Clock—Do You Know Where Your Company’s...more
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