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The Haunted History of the Hallowine Trademark

Brewers, distillers, and vintners are no strangers to themed seasonal offerings, so it’s not surprising that Halloween brings out some decidedly decrepit monikers. From PUMPKINHEAD (think reaping) to NOSFERATU, WITCH’S WIT...more

Reeejected!

Think an undefended opposition proceeding is a slam dunk, then you better think again. In Emminence, LLC v. Lisa Kelly, Opposition No. 91205286 (October 8, 2014), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board dismissed an opposition...more

Dawn of the Dead Trademarks

When you think of Cinderella, do you automatically picture the beloved Disney princess with the golden locks and light blue dress, accompanied by a loyal band of talking cartoon mice? If so, you might agree with the Trademark...more

Legal FAQ: Section 337 Investigations Before the International Trade Commission

What types of intellectual property claims can be brought before the International Trade Commission? - The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) investigates claims of unfair competition under Section 337 of the...more

Amy, Whatcha Wanna Do (About this TM)?

As we start to think about welcoming in the weekend, why don’t we all hum this Pure Prairie League tune, while viewing this image and reading this very brief blog post...more

The PTO vs. The Phantom Marks: A Ghost Story

Don’t read this one before bed. As autumn sets in and Halloween approaches, my mind turns to jack-o-lanterns, skeletons, and phantoms. Phantom marks, that is. Equally incorporeal though perhaps somewhat less...more

Appearances Aside, “Something More” Still Needed for Trademark Infringement Liability in Keyword Advertising Cases

Search engine optimization is a vital issue for brand owners. When a potential customer searches online for Company A, a well-known brand, Company A naturally wants its own website to be as high in the search results as...more

Green light for the registration as a trademark of a retail store layout

In a recent and notable ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that the representation of the layout of a retail store can be registered as a trademark provided that certain conditions are met. More...more

Parties’ Joint Stipulation Frustrates Defendants and Allows Plaintiffs to Not Produce Native Files (California)

Melian Labs, Inc. v. Triology LLC, No. 13-cv-04791-SBA, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 124343 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 4, 2014). In this trademark dispute, the plaintiff sought a declaratory judgment that its website did not infringe...more

Don't Lose Your Trademark Through Careless Licensing

Trademark practitioners are well familiar with the requirement under U.S. law that trademark licenses must contain quality control provisions, and trademark licensors must actually exercise quality control in fact, to ensure...more

You Can McDo It, But You Might Get McSued

Shares in McDonald’s jumped surprisingly high earlier this week, causing some to wonder whether any notable investors might be involved, possibly with inside information. Or maybe it was somebody hoping to get an inside track...more

Lawyers Fighting Over Domain Names Never Looks Good

Law360 reported that two competing DUI defense lawyers are fighting over the domain name www.dontblow.com. Well-known DUI attorney Tyler Flood is the plaintiff. He has been using the domain name www.DoNotBlow.com for almost...more

EPIC Battle Launched Between Flooring Companies Over Trademark Infringement

On August 21, 2014, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (“Shaw”), a Georgia corporation, and Columbia Insurance Company (“Columbia”), a Nebraska corporation, brought a trademark infringement action against Carlisle Wide Plank Floors...more

Seasoning Maker Swamp Dust LLC Files Trademark Complaint Against Competitor Cajun Wholesale

On September 2, 2014, LaGrange, Georgia-based company Swamp Dust, LLC filed a complaint against Louisiana-based Cajun Wholesale Distributing, Inc. and its director Ritchie Allen Romero (collectively, the “Defendants”)...more

Amici Weigh in With SCOTUS on Likelihood of Confusion Determinations by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

As we reported in our July 2 client alert, the Supreme Court has granted a petition for certiorari seeking a determination of whether likelihood of confusion findings by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB") are...more

Insurance Recovery Law - September 2014

Pollution Exclusion Doesn’t Bar Coverage for Worker Exposed to Hazardous Chemicals That Were Not “Dispersed”: Why it matters - A federal district court in Texas strictly construed a pollution exclusion in...more

Amici Weigh in on “Right to Register v. Right to Use” Trademark Case at Supreme Court

More than three months ago, we sounded the alarm about an important trademark case to consider the interplay between the right to register and the right to use a trademark:...more

US Patent and Trademark Office Considering Proposal to Allow Amendments to Trademark Identifications Due to Technological Changes

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is currently considering a proposal to allow amendments to the identifications of goods/services in a trademark registration because of technological changes in how the...more

Honey Badger Don’t Care, but the Owner of the Trademark Rights Do Care

We truly live in an amazing time, where nearly any person with access to a computer can obtain a nearly infinite amount of knowledge, create and distribute ideas and works of art to the entire world. Also, there are lots of...more

Claims of Copying a Girl’s Best Friend

If you thought this would be about diamonds you are wrong. It is about chocolate! My favorite candy REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup is at the heart of Hershey Co.’s (“Hershey”) recently filed suit against LBB Imports LLC...more

Supreme Court Will Decide Level of Deference, If Any, Given to TTAB Decisions Concerning Likelihood of Confusion

On July 1, 2014, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the Eighth Circuit’s decision in the case B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis, Inc. (2013). B&B Hardware owns a registered mark for SEALTIGHT for self-sealing nuts and...more

Res judicata Does Not Bar Claims Arising After Prior Litigation, Even One Based on Similar Conduct

TechnoMarine SA v. Giftports Inc. - Addressing whether a prior litigation between the parties resolving claims of unfair competition bars subsequent suit over similar conduct occurring after settlement of the earlier...more

Ice Cream Maker No Softee When It Comes to Infringement of Its Trademarks

Just as summer is coming to a close, the battle between Mister Softee and Master Softee appears to be heating up. Mister Softee is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1956. It is the franchisor for the...more

A Real Lulu of a Trademark Infringement Case

It’s that time of year again, the Minnesota State Fair is here, and trademark issues abound, again....more

Trademark Review - CloudTV, StonShield, and Harry Winston (August 2014)

A Family Feud Over the Family Name - Harry Winston Inc. has prevailed in its opposition to registration of BRUCE WINSTON, the name of Harry Winston’s son. Harry Winston is one of the most well-known names in...more

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