Surnames

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Let’s Get Personal – Trademark Protection for Personal Names

What’s in a name? Well, a name can suggest a lot about an individual, including their ancestry and heritage. We identify ourselves by, and answer to, our given names. ...more

Notes for New Nuptials

When you make your wedding checklist, perhaps at the bottom you should consider how your marriage will affect your income taxes....more

A Distinctive Fourth of July: Fireworks and Historical Figure Trademarks

Unless you are Charlemagne or Julius Caesar, you would probably have trouble registering your name as a trademark. This is because personal names are not generally considered to be inherently distinctive enough to qualify...more

Trademark Review - Volume 3 | Issue 6 June 2013

In This Issue: • Ron Paul’s Complaint to Regain RonPaul.org Constitutes Reverse Domain Hijacking • MOTT’s for Baby Food Is Considered Primarily Merely a Surname • Company Uses More than Is Reasonably...more

More About Trademark Surnames: The Borghese Dispute

Right on the heels of our surname blog comes a New York Times article on a long-running trademark litigation over rights to the Borghese surname. The Borgheses hail from an Italian noble family and their using the family...more

Why Can’t I Use My Own Name?: Trademarks and Surnames

There are many “myths” that float about in the general public about what can and cannot function as a trademark. For example, people often tell me that they “know” that “common words” can never be protected as trademarks....more

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