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
On August 2, 2013, District Judge Edward J. Davila denied a motion to dismiss antitrust claims brought by consumers of NFL apparel against Reebok and the NFL in Dang v. San Francisco Forty Niners, Case No. 5:12-CV-5481 (N.D....more
Modern antitrust law’s focus on inter-brand competition has made it much more difficult to plead and prove single-brand market claims. The law’s concern with inter-brand competition is so strong that some observers have all...more
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
In This Issue:
- It’s Always Something: The Repeated Assaults on Licensee Rights in Bankruptcy
- Clearance: Start Early and Avoid the Clutter
- New Faces
- Points from the President
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
When I think of the Hells Angels, what immediately comes to mind is a notorious gang of men in leather on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the 1960’s counterculture, and news reports of illicit activity. When I think of Toys “R”...more
Let’s get this straight… anything with your logo is NOT a gift. THAT, my friends, is a promotional giveaway.
The well-known, if not famous, Harley-Davidson logo is on the left below, but what is on the right?
Might Harley-Davidson also be in the business of renting storage garage units for motorcycles among other outdoor...more
When we aren’t playing baseball in the backyard or at little league baseball games, we watch a lot of baseball. Mostly the Twins, but it doesn’t take the M & M boys to bring us together in front of the television. The other...more