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Category Archives: Trademarks
I have a great idea for a tee-shirt – can I register it as a trademark??? Short answer – probably not. The main issue with whether a slogan or word operates as trademark is how it is used. This is … Continue reading
On a recent episode of HBO’s new show Silicon Valley, the hapless coders find themselves in a bind when they realize that the “placeholder” company name “Pied Piper, Inc.” was already in use by Pied Piper Irrigation, another California company. … Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to sit-down with Wendy and Matthew with the Minnesota Do-Gooders to talk about copyrights and trademarks. They did a great job of putting my ramblings together into a pretty comprehensible program. http://www.mndogooders.org/ideas/listen/copyright-and-trademarks-for-nonprofits
I was recently asked by an attorney friend about using the phrase “The Top Ten Reasons…” in relation to a top ten list (á la David Letterman) that she was planning on using in a marketing piece. This wasn’t a … Continue reading
Since February 7th the Trademark office has received eight trademark applications for the term LINSANITY. The products identified in applications range from clothing, jewelry, and sport drinks, to eyeglasses and cell phone covers. The only problem is only one of … Continue reading
In 1992, shoemaker Christian Louboutin began using red lacquer soles on some of its shoes. In 2008, the red soles were registered as mark in the US Patent and Trademark Office, and on January 1, 2008, number 3, 361,597, the “red … Continue reading
Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York awarded a default judgment to clothing designer Tory Burch LLC in its trademark counterfeiting and cyber-squatting case against 232 websites which sold copies of Burch’s handbags, flats, and … Continue reading
When thinking about whether or not to enforce a trademark, keep in mind the purpose of having the mark is to serve as an identifier of the source of the good or service for consumers. With this in mind, in … Continue reading
Warning: this may be one of my more nonsensical posts. After seeing Iron Man 2 this week, I felt compelled to speak out about the misinformation propagated by Pepper Potts. During a scene in which Tony comes into Pepper’s office, … Continue reading