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Kim Kardashian Secures Hometown Advantage

Kim Kardashian West’s (“Kardashian’s”) company Kimisaprincess, Inc. won its motion to transfer a pending case against the company from Illinois to California. Danish makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis (“KKW”) sued...more

What Is In A Name – A LOT!

The parent company of fashion giant Coach found out that there is a lot to a brand name. Coach’s strategic plan was to expand into a specialty retailer that would branch out beyond the COACH® brand. To accomplish this...more

Claim Is Gone With The Wind At Death

Two time academy award winner Olivia de Havilland seeks an expedited trial for the lawsuit involving her right of publicity. Olivia de Havilland, DBE v. FX Networks, et al, BC667011 (Superior Ct. Calif., June 30, 2017). The...more

My Namesake Triumphs: Tiffany & Co. awarded $19.35 million

The four year saga ended (at least for now) with Tiffany & Co. being awarded for its vigorous fight to maintain its trademark and protect against genericide. As previously reported, Tiffany & Co. filed suit against Costco...more

Did U2’s Bono And The Edge Copy Their Song The Fly From Another Artist?

This is the question being presented in a lawsuit pending in the Southern District of New York against the iconic band U2 and a majority of its band mates. Paul David Hewson (more well known as lead singer Bono), David...more

Battle of the Bands and the Clothiers

The famous Coachella Music Festival is held every April in Indio, California. This year Beyoncé, Radiohead, Lorde and several DJs (including DJ Snyder, DJ Kahleel, DJ Shadow) performed....more

What Do You Think Of Having ® On Your Store Sign

I traveled to Barcelona last week to attend the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) Annual meeting....more

What Famous Quarterback Named Elisha Allegedly Provided Fake Helmets To Sports Dealers?

Elisha is the two time Super Bowl MVP New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Collecting equipment used, or uniforms worn, during an NFL game is big business. Young and old alike want these items to feel close to their...more

Parrotheads Can Rejoice As Jimmy Buffett Prevails In Trademark Dispute

Jimmy Buffett won a trademark dispute and precluded the applications for “Marijuanaville” marks from registering due to a likelihood of confusion with his famous MARGARITAVILLE® mark for clothing (including shirts and caps),...more

The Supreme Court Tackles Disparaging Trademarks

From my title, you may think I am referring to the battle over the REDSKINS trademark. However, the In re Tam case beat the REDSKINS team to the high court. The case involving the REDSKINS mark is currently on hold until...more

It Is Not All In The Family

Although a precedential decision allowing a “Family of Marks” to be considered in the context of an ex parte prosecution of an application that has been refused under Section 2(e)(1) to show acquired distinctiveness, this...more

Donald Trump is on to Something

Some credit Donald Trump’s win to his savvy social media presence, including tweeting. He reached millions of voters and caught the nation’s attention with his tweets. The courts are now recognizing this phenomenon....more

It Is Not “Easy Like Sunday Morning” To Use Commodore As A Trademark

The band’s song “Easy” does not reflect Commodores’ founder Thomas McClary’s court battle to use the trademark “COMMODORES founder Thomas McClary” for his solo career. As I dug further into the meaning of the song, it is...more

Tiffany Prevails!

The title is not a reference to a win by me, but rather my namesake Tiffany and Company’s big win in the Southern District of New York....more

Trendy Shoemaker Cannot Slay the Fashion King

Plaintiff LVL XIII Brands Inc. (“LVL XIII”) must not have heard of the old saying: “Never strike a king unless you are sure you shall kill him.” The New York start-up sneaker company decided to take on fashion king Louis...more

Welcome to the Hotel Chicago Dispute

Although not the title to an Eagles’ song like “Hotel California,” Hotel Chicago is in the news as it is at the heart of a trademark dispute. As I was booking a room at the Fairmont in Chicago for next month, I must admit I...more

No Budding in Line Washington Redskins

In a case with special significance to our DuetsBlog crew (our founder Steve Baird started the fight to cancel the THE REDSKINS trademark registrations in 1992 – see more about the Harjo case here) and significant to...more

A Favorite New York Landmark Deemed a Famous Trademark

It is not easy to establish fame for purposes of showing a likelihood of dilution by blurring. Owner of the Empire State Building marks rose to the challenge in a recent decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“the...more

Is It a Clean Fight?

It is no wonder that two companies manufacturing detergents would want to use the word “clean” for their products and brand. The Dial Corporation (“Dial”) owns the federally registered trademark PURECLEAN that it used to...more

5/13/2016  /  Brand , Dilution , Irreparable Harm , Trademarks

Linebacker Vs. Teddy Bear

Former NFL player Shawne Merriman’s company sued the Vermont Teddy Bear Company over the trademark “Lights Out” last week....more

Social Media and Jurors

Social media impacts every facet of life and is often discussed in DuetsBlog posts. Courts are now having to address social media issues in connection with jurors. A federal judge in California is considering banning the use...more

Carlos Santana is Everywhere

Seeing Carlos Santana this weekend while watching the Super Bowl with friends reminded me about the recently filed copyright infringement suit against BuzzFeed. You might be thinking, “that was Chris Martin of Coldplay, not...more

Trademark Bully or Not?

Chrysler and Moab Industries LLC (“Moab”) have been battling over the Moab mark for years. Moab holds the federally registered trademark Moab Industries®. Its business involves customization or uplifting vehicles—primarily...more

Catchy Name and Label Sells Spirits

When I was in London last month, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners of SIPSMITH® independent spirits. I had noticed the fabulous label on the gin with the swan’s neck pipe motif while dining at Berners Tavern in...more

New York: Restaurants: To Register or Not?

I was in Tribeca in New York City a couple of weeks ago going to a familiar haunt: WHITE STREET located on West Broadway. Being the trademark nerd that I am, I wondered if the restaurant had a trademark registration for WHITE...more

11/19/2015  /  Restaurant Industry , Trademarks
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