Category Archives: Trademarks

FAQ – Common law trademark

Am I protected with a common law trademark law, without federal registration? Q: I recently started selling a product in the US.  I registered the copyright for photos and designed some unique product packaging that included the brand name I came up with. … Continue reading

Posted in Trademarks | Tagged , | Comments Off on FAQ – Common law trademark

10 Trademarks Just in Time for Halloween

While some folks might think trademarks can be a little scary, I know that they can also be a little fun. G&S: Processed cereal-based food to be used as a breakfast food, snack food or ingredient for making other foods.Serial … Continue reading

Posted in Trademarks | Tagged , , | Comments Off on 10 Trademarks Just in Time for Halloween

Trump’s Trademark Issues

How long has Trump been planning this? Apparently Mr. Trump decided he liked the sound of “Make America Great Again” as  far back as 2012, when he first filed an application for the phrase with the Trademark Office (Serial 85783371).   … Continue reading

Posted in Trademarks | Tagged , | Comments Off on Trump’s Trademark Issues

Color-only Trademarks

What do UPS, Tiffany and Co., and Owens Corning have in common?  The mere sight of the color of their product (Pullman Brown, Robin’s Egg Blue, and Pink) brings to mind who they are without ever having to place a logo … Continue reading

Posted in Trademarks | Tagged , | Comments Off on Color-only Trademarks

I have a great idea for a tee-shirt!!!

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

Posted in Trademarks | Tagged | Comments Off on I have a great idea for a tee-shirt!!!

Pied Piper’s Trademark Problems

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

Posted in Entertainment, Trademarks | Tagged | Comments Off on Pied Piper’s Trademark Problems

Minnesota Do-Gooders Club

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

Posted in Copyright, Trademarks | Comments Off on Minnesota Do-Gooders Club

Top 10 Lists

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

Posted in Advertising, Trademarks | Comments Off on Top 10 Lists

Linsane Trademarks

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

Posted in Trademarks | Comments Off on Linsane Trademarks

Limitation on Color Trademarks in the Fashion Industry

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

Posted in Design, Litigation, Trademarks | Comments Off on Limitation on Color Trademarks in the Fashion Industry