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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Right to Criticize Gets a Bigger Public Platform on the Internet with the Introduction of .sucks Domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, more commonly known as ICANN, has recently approved more than a thousand new general top-level domains (gTLDs), which are anticipated to launch over the next few years....more

The Dark Knight, Black Panthers, Ghosts and Ginger Rogers: Increasing Protection for Use of Trademarks in Promotions for...

Content creators of all stripes strive for realism in their depictions of the world. This is for good reason – media is more effective, and more immersive, when viewers recognize it as a reflection of the real world. Despite...more

Analysis: The Supreme Court’s B&B Hardware Decision Could Have a Significant Impact on Trademark Infringement Disputes

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that, under certain circumstances, rulings by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on the core issue of “likelihood of confusion” in...more

First dinosaurs, then wooly mammoths. Are trademark attorneys next to go extinct?

A world without trademark attorneys… frightening, isn’t it? (maybe more for me than for someone who isn’t a trademark attorney). It seems unlikely, but we may be inching closer to this apocalyptic scenario....more

NLRB’s Do’s and Don’ts of Employer Handbooks: Part 3 Trademarks and Logos, Photography and Workplace Recording, Leaving Work,...

On March 18, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel released a 30-page memorandum providing guidance on employer rules and handbooks....more

Supreme Court Decision Gives Preclusive Effect to TTAB Rulings

Opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) may take on additional significance after the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries, No. 13-352,...more

A Questionable Future for .SUCKS Domain Names?

In response to a veritable deluge of concerns from brand owners over the .SUCKS domain name registry’s pricing structure, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) sent a letter to the U.S. Federal...more

Why Trademark Owners Should Care about the B&B Hardware Decision

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court decided the case of B&B Hardware v. Hargis Indus. This case represented a long-standing trademark battle brought in both federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...more

A New Weapon to Combat Cybersquatting: File Suit against Domain Registrars and Hosting Companies

Cybersquatting, under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d), is registering, trafficking in, or using an Internet domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a...more

The Woes of Failing to Conduct a Trademark Search

It’s happened again. Peddler Brewing Company has been forced to change the name of one of its popular beers from “TANGERINE WHEAT” to “TANGERINE HEFEWEIZEN” after receiving a cease and desist letter from Lost Coast Brewing...more

In Mardi Gras Tradition, Fifth Circuit Tosses IP Rights in Bead Dog

In Nola Spice Designs L.L.C. v. Haydel Enterprises, Inc., the Fifth Circuit recently cancelled a New Orleans bakery’s word and design trademarks for “Mardi Gras Bead Dog” – the bakery’s mascot based on the Mardi Gras...more

IP Newsletter - April 2015

In This Issue: - Federal Circuit Affirms PTO in First Appeal of an Inter Partes Review Decision - EU Copyright: No Resale of Digital Content Except for Software? - Qualcomm Agrees to $975 Million Fine and...more

Starting a New Company? Protect Your Intellectual Property Now or Maybe Never

When getting a startup off the ground and in the course of ongoing operations, it is important to take care of some fundamental housekeeping matters. The failure to do so can result in problems that could be costly and/or...more

Five Big IP Considerations for Growing Businesses

Entrepreneurs starting their businesses often follow a well-beaten path to get their companies off the ground, balancing the need to keep legal costs low against the necessity of some initial investment. ...more

Supreme Court’s B&B Hardware ruling creates the potential for court deference to the TTAB — but will it happen?

Did TTAB proceedings — until now considered a relatively obscure branch of IP litigation, conducted before an administrative body of which most attorneys are blissfully unaware — just assume greater importance? That seems...more

No Acquiescence Defense in Fifth Circuit Without Significant Investment in Reliance - Pennzoil-Quaker State Co. v. Miller Oil &...

Clarifying that undue prejudice is a distinct requirement of the acquiescence defense, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s finding of acquiescence where the defendants failed to show...more

Newsletter: March 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: .. Inter Partes Review and the ITC: The Benefits and Risks of Filing IPR on Patents Asserted in an ITC Investigation - Noted With Interest: .. Securities Act Claims...more

Don't Underestimate the Importance of TTAB Proceedings

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., heightens the importance of often-neglected trademark conflict administrative proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board....more

Making Your Mark: How to Obtain and Protect a Trademark

A key component of the strategy of almost any business is branding: building a name or logo that consumers associate with your business. The law recognizes that words or symbols that demonstrate a business's commercial...more

LVMH Gets Brow-barred in Australia

Cosmetics/luxury goods giant LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey, for the plebians among us) has lost a recent attempt to trademark the term “Brow Bar” in Australia.  Australian beautician Chernae Noonan opposed LVMH’s...more

Copycat Characters and the Selective Enforcement of IP Rights

Spring is here with summer just around the corner. While many are preparing for barbeques and boating, others are finalizing plans and perhaps costumes in preparation for Comic-Con (Comic Book Convention) season....more

No Lanham Act Standing Without U.S. Trademark Use or Registration - Belmora LLC v. Bayer Consumer Care AG

Addressing the issue of standing in a cancellation action at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia reversed a TTAB...more

Luck Runs Out for Lucky Brand - Marcel Fashions Group, Inc. v. Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc.

Addressing whether a trademark holder’s victory in a prior lawsuit barred a subsequent action on new acts of infringement, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned a district court’s summary judgment and...more

Is It Too Soon to File for Trademark Registration?

News headlines abound concerning the potential for normalizing trade relations with Cuba. U.S. companies that are likely to do business in Cuba, if and when trade restrictions are fully lifted, should take steps now to...more

The Keys are in the Design

We often ask kids this question: “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  While my trajectory towards lawyering is true, my answer wasn’t always immediately “lawyer.”  I sought something that satisfied my passion for the...more

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