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At the Crossroads - Brand integration deals involve copyright, trademark, and insurance considerations

At the crossroads of Hollywood Boulevard and Madison Avenue, a variety of legal and business issues must be considered and addressed in order to set the stage for a successful brand integration deal. In the historical...more

The Perfect Package: A Checklist to Avoid Legal Challenges

Your product teams surely have already finalized their lineup of holiday winners, the new gizmos and must-have widgets that you hope end up on everyone’s wish lists. Unless the product gets noticed by consumers,...more

Apple’s Word Count for Non-Verbal Branding

A picture is said to say a thousand words, and ironically that is almost literally and exactly true when it comes to Apple’s focus on non-verbal icon branding....more

FDA Draft Guidance - Best Practices for Developing Drug Trademarks

In late May, the FDA released a draft guidance document detailing its best practices for developing trademarks for drugs. The draft guidance, entitled Best Practices in Developing Proprietary Names for Drugs, can be found...more

Amazon’s Inability To Register Domain Name .Amazon Is An Interesting Case Study For New gTLDs

Do you want your company to control .app or .restaurant? Applying to operate a generic top-level domain (gTLD) isn’t for the faint of heart. Although several hundred companies ponied up the $185,000 application fee for over...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

Markit to Market - May 2014

In This Issue: - Scammers Still Be...Scamming - Contests – Check Rules Before Offering! - Catalogs as Specimens - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - Excerpt from Scammers Still Be...Scamming: Based...more

Generic Top Level Domains - Current Sunrise Periods Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please see our...more

Legal Marijuana: New Branding Opportunities, Same Old Infringement

Whether driven by new laws or technology, companies and individuals always push the limits of the law at the beginning. Obvious examples like Napster come to mind, as well as the more dated example of the VCR. Out in...more

Owning a New Look Through Advertisements

We’ve spilled a lot of digital ink on the importance of “look for” advertising when a brand owner wants to legally own a non-traditional trademark like a single color, or perhaps the shape of a product, or even product...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

Law À La Mode: Special Edition – INTA 2014

In This Issue: - MODERNISATION OF THE TRADEMARK SYSTEM: Is Europe on the cusp of trademark law reform? - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Brand owners face unique challenges in Russia - DETAINING COUNTERFEIT GOODS: New...more

How to Reduce Brand Disasters, While Building Brand Ambassadors: Social Media Compliance Training

Seventy-seven percent of companies have acquired customers through Facebook, 43% have gained customers through LinkedIn, and 34% have generated leads through Twitter. Most companies have been leveraging social media as a...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

Help Them Help You: Partnering With U.S. Customs And Border Protection To Safeguard Your Brand

Given rapid advances in manufacturing technology and online commerce, counterfeiting has become a serious problem across virtually all business sectors. Despite brand owners’ best efforts, counterfeiting has expanded both in...more

New Form Factors in Cobrand and Private-Label Credit Card Program Agreements

Most current cobrand and private-label agreements involve one or, more usually, two parties that are issuing, branding or developing non-traditional form factors alongside or in lieu of plastic cards. Some of these form...more

Professional Personal Branding and the #Selfie

Sure, I’ve indulged in the occasional “selfie.” (From now on, without quotation marks because, let’s face it, if Oxford called it the word of the year in 2013, it’s here to stay.) But each one still gives me some measure of...more

A Spoonful of Sugar? Better Put It on the Label - FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Branding Honey

Addressing concerns about adulterated honey products, the FDA has issued draft guidance clarifying labeling requirements. According to the guidance, purveyors of honey products must specify on the product label and in the...more

Why “Hours of Energy Now”?

Tim, after shopping at Costco over the weekend, the reason why the 5-Hour Energy folks seem so interested in owning “Hours of Energy Now” became more apparent...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 13 - April 2014

In This Issue: - PRIVACY BY DESIGN? FASHION FLAIR TRANSFORMS WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES: The rise of the wearables – and the data protection challenges they bring - EFFECTIVELY DELIVERING IT SERVICES IN THE RETAIL...more

Ola Crapola!

Crapola sounds like something worth saying on the way to Chicago, after discovering the size of your PowerPoint file is too large to get through the recipient’s firewall, and then realizing the USB flash drive containing your...more

It’s a Mouse World After All

Deadmau5 (\’ded-mau's\; a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman) is a popular house music artist who performs wearing a mouse-like head covering called the mau5head. On Twitter he calls himself an “Event Driven Marketing specialist,” so I...more

Anticipation . . . But, Heinz is Not Keeping Melinda’s Habanero Ketchup Waiting

Last month Heinz, a brand “synonymous with ketchup throughout the world,” and a seller of “650 million bottles of Heinz ketchup each year,” brought a federal trademark infringement and dilution lawsuit in Texas to enforce...more

Taking The Leap: Bringing A Foreign Brand To The United States

Increasingly, franchise concepts that begin in one country soon find that expansion involves not only domestic growth, but also development in other jurisdictions including the United States. Over the past decade, advances in...more

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