Trademarks

A Trademark is a legally registered distinctive mark or sign which identifies goods, products or services that originate or are associated with a particular person or enterprise . A typical example of a trademark... more +
A Trademark is a legally registered distinctive mark or sign which identifies goods, products or services that originate or are associated with a particular person or enterprise . A typical example of a trademark would be a company's logo such as the Nike "Check" or McDonald's "Golden Arches."  less -
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T-12 Entertainment Speaks Up in Trademark Complaint Over Use of "I Plead the 5th" Mark

On March 24, 2014, T-12 Entertainment, LLC and Kareem Hawthorne, both of Georgia (collectively, “Plaintiffs”), filed a complaint against Young Kings Enterprises, Inc., Ego Entertainment, LLC., Troy Williams, Anthony Adighibe,...more

Implications of U.S. Sanctions Program on Intellectual Property Owners

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...more

Pick Your Passion: State’s Trademark May Be Used To Criticize Its Governor

In Dardenne v. MoveOn.org, the Middle Louisiana Federal District Court faced a conflict between trademark protection, on the one hand, and the First Amendment’s protection of political advocacy, on the other. The Court...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

Hours of Energy, But No Trademark Registration

The energy drink businesses is big, big business. From Red Bull and Monster to that strange 35 ounce purple can that you saw in a gas station once, consumers love energy drinks. Along with Red Bull and Monster, 5-Hour Energy...more

Intent To Use – It’s Not The Thought That Counts

Bona fide intent, the sine qua non of non-use trademark applications, was given new meaning by the TTAB in a decision released unpublished February 21, 2014 but redesignated as precedent on March 26, 2014, thus placing at...more

The Superior Court of Québec Sides with Retailers on the Use of Recognized Trade-Marks in Public Signs and Commercial Advertising

In reasons released on April 9, 2014, Justice Yergeau of the Superior Court of Québec held that the Québec Charter of the French Language (Charter) does not require that public signs and commercial advertising containing a...more

Consider Design Patents as One Mode of Protection for Product Appearance

In the world of industrial design and branding, the appearance or look and feel of a product can be subject to various forms of intellectual property (IP) protection. Copyrights and trademarks usually come to mind when...more

Document Library to Protect and Capitalize on Intellectual Property

All companies need to take steps to document their rights in and the value of their intellectual property. When your core business is based on key intellectual property, be it a distinctive brand (trademark), innovative...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

The Art of Parodying a Global Mega-Brand

In February 2014, comedian Nathan Fielder orchestrated an ambitious publicity stunt – he crudely poked fun at global mega-brand Starbucks. His elaborate prank could have been a costly one. Fielder treated a long queue of...more

International Trademark Registration

Is your brand expanding outside the U.S.? Do you need an international trademark registration? The process can confusing to say the least. Here are some basics you need to know....more

Owner of GLASS DOCTOR® Mark Aims to Break iGlass Doctor with Trademark Infringement Complaint

On March 20, 2014 Synergistic International, LLC. (“Synergistic”), of Waco, Texas filed a complaint against Kyle D. Berry of Atlanta, Georgia, individually and doing business as "iGlass Doctor," alleging Trademark...more

Supreme Court Inks Uniform Standing Test for Lanham Act False Advertising Claims

Key Takeaways - - The US Supreme Court created a uniform test for standing for false advertising claims under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, resolving a three-way circuit split. - The new standing test...more

As Apps Rise, Are Domain Names the Next AM Radio?

Despite a deluge of seminars, conferences, newsletters, blogs and email reminders over the past year or so, many companies and public figures are just waking up to the reality of the massive expansion of the Internet domain...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

Trademark Review - Covidien and Reynolds (March 2014)

The Board Has Power to Restrict the Scope of a Color Registration - Covidien sought to register a mark that consists of “the color pink (Pantone PMS 806)” as applied to medical connectors and lead wires for use with...more

IP Buzz - March 2014

In this issue: - "CANDY" Crushed - DMCA Takedown? Not Without a Registration - Announcements And Reminders - Excerpt from "CANDY" Crushed: From taxi cabs, to subways, to airplanes, to your...more

Trade secrets vs. patents

How do you determine whether technology-related information will have more value as a trade secret or a patent? Both protection strategies have advantages and disadvantages for certain types of information. Here are a few...more

Brand Wars: Will the Real Ronald McDonald Please Stand Up (and Eat a Taco Bell Taco on Camera)?

Last week, Taco Bell released a TV commercial featuring real men named Ronald McDonald enjoying Taco Bell’s new breakfast items. This is very creative advertising, but is not for the faint of heart. Using a competitor’s...more

Mark It to Market - March 2014

In This Issue: - MARCH MADNESS - A Reminder - Changes to China's Trademark Law - INTA Annual Meeting - Hong Kong - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - The March issue of Sterne Kessler's Mark It to MarketTM...more

Twilight Trademark Trial Now on Horizon

Another father-daughter trip to Bath & Body Works (BBW) this past weekend revealed that his and her Twilight Woods personal body care products are still available for sale...more

Laches in Trademark Infringement: How Long Can You Sleep on Rights?

Trademark infringement litigation typically centers around requests for injunctive relief. Although monetary relief is regularly sought, damages are awarded in only a small percentage of cases. Because the courts’ equitable...more

New Generic Top-Level Domains Will Create New Trademark Issues: The Trademark Clearinghouse Can Help

A top-level domain is the part of an Internet address appearing to the right of the last period. A generic top-level domain (gTLD) is a top-level domain that is not a geographic or national designation—“.com,” “.org,” and...more

Wish Atlanta Files Complaint To Make ContextLogic Wish For A Different Trademark

Wish Atlanta, LLC, (“Wish Atlanta”) asserts trademark infringement of U.S. Trademark Registration Nos. 3783165 (IC025 and IC035) and 4242361 (IC035) (the “Wish Mark”) against ContextLogic, Inc. (“CLI”) in its complaint filed...more

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