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USPTO Trademark Fee Increase

Important Trademark News:  If you need a trademark, you may want to file before January 14, 2017.  USPTO fees are going up. On January 14,...
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Donald Trump and the USPTO

What is the Future of the USPTO after President-elect Trump Takes Office? Donald Trump is a man of many hats.  Not only figuratively speaking, but...

Teal Pumpkins and IP

It’s mid-October, which means the season of teal pumpkins is upon us! We know what you’re thinking – pumpkins are orange, not teal. And while...

#CreepyIP Celebrates the Weird in the USPTO Archives

Have you checked out #CreepyIP? The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Halloween-themed social media campaign is sure to get you in the spooky spirit. All October...

The UK May Exit The EU – What This Could Mean For Your EU...

  On June 23rd 2016, the United Kingdom has voted in a referendum in favor of ‘BREXIT’, an exit from the European Union. This could...

Apple’s Magic Mouse is Mighty Mouse

The trademark application for the apparent logo mark of MAGIC MOUSE, was assigned the serial number of 85008755 and filed with the description of Computer peripherals.

Geeks Have it Good

Take a look at this trademark application to protect the Binary Code! The mark is a series of 00's and 1's filed by Base2i Technologies Inc, filed with the description; Computer programming consultancy; Computer security consultancy; Computer software consulting; Consultancy in the field of software design; Consultancy with regard to webpage design; Consulting in the field of configuration management for computer hardware and software; Consulting in the field of information technology; among others.

Tiger Woods and Trademarks

The application of TIGER WOODS bearing the trademark serial number of 75553982 filed with description, Computer game software featuring golf in the year 1998 would be celebrating its eleventh anniversary now.

Stefano Gabbana’s Knock-Off Frenzy on Instagram

Stefano Gabbana, co-owner of  the high-fashion brand, Dolce & Gabbana, posted five consecutive Instagram posts of  potential trademark infringers just yesterday. Potential infringers include: "Dance...

PETA Claims That A Monkey Owns The Copyright For This Selfie

This animal rights organization isn't monkeying around. PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has filed a federal lawsuit pushing for a monkey to receive the...

If A Monkey Takes A Selfie – Who Owns It?

  In case you haven’t heard, everyone is going bananas over this Indonesian crested black macaque's selfie. First, people thought it was cute when the photo...

The Occupational Capitalists of Occupy Wall Street: Does Greed Know No Boundaries?

We’ve all seen the news feeds documenting the Occupy Wall Street movement, people sitting in the blistering cold of the New York City winter...

Apple’s iBooks over Other Ebook Applications

The argument against LCD ebook readers generally revolves around backlighting: Too much bombards the eyes and causes strain. In the iBooks application, the super-low brightness setting makes sense in an otherwise dark room. The Kindle app doesn’t have this control, and has to rely on the system setting, which is far brighter.
Artificial Intelligence

Should we say YES to Artificial Humans?

Artificial Intelligence (AI), in simple terms, means the development of computer systems to perform basic tasks that require human intelligence such as learning, communicating,...
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Top 3 IP Cases to Watch in India – 2017

Today we turn our attention to the Indian subcontinent to round out our series on top IP cases. Toyota v. Prius Auto: Delhi High Court reverses...
Supreme Court

BREAKING NEWS – SCOTUS Holds Trademark Act Disparagement Clause Unconstitutional

  On Monday June 19, 2017, The Supreme Court of the United States decided Matal v. Tam, regarding the registrability of band name "The Slants"...
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Monetizing Intellectual Property at Universities- Part 2

(READ Post 1 HERE) Patents, Trade Secrets and Open Licenses The traditional model, of universities assuming ownership over patentable technology created under their policies, and then licensing...
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Vegas Golden Knights: Name Update

“Viva Las Hockey!”   Didn’t Elvis say that? In June 2016,  Las Vegas was awarded its first professional sports team--hockey.   The National Hockey League (NHL)...
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Google Hit with $2.7 Billion Antitrust Fine by EU Regulators

On Tuesday, June 27th, European Union regulators fined Google approximately $2.7 billion (2.4 billion euro) for violation of the EU’s antitrust laws. It was...
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2017: The Year of Colors in Trademark Law

Trademarking a color might seem unusual but it's not impossible. The main function of a trademark is that it helps in identifying a source...
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Las Vegas Raiders: A Winning Bet or Losing Gamble?

The Oakland Raiders are usually looking to score some treasure on the football field.  But it looks like they finally hit the jackpot and...
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Whose License is it Anyway?

A good superhero movie in the Hollywood can command an average budget of anywhere between 100 Million and 250 million. This isn’t surprising because...
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Top Trademark Attorneys

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is a government agency and a branch in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The primary role...
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It’s Time to Protect Your IP From Your Own People

When an insider by the use of technology, steals the proprietary information from the company it is said to be an insider’s theft. One...
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Revolt Against the Bolts!: Los Angeles Chargers Face Opposition

In January 2017 the Chargers announced they were moving back to where it all began, Los Angeles.  Even though San Diego had been the...

Marketquest Group v. BIC Corporation: The New Perspective on Reverse Confusion Theory

  The 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in its recent judgement of Marketquest Group v. BIC Corporation clarified the requirements for establishing...
Trademark Oppositions

Companies Who Filed the Most Trademark Oppositions in 2016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is a government agency and a branch in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The primary role...
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Can Amazon Trademark Alexa’s blue rings?: PART 1

Part-1- The USPTO Application analysis Almost three years back, in the year 2014, Amazon Technologies Inc. (Amazon) introduced Amazon Echo, popularly known as Echo. Echo...
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Super Bowl LI: Patriots v. Falcons

The Big Game for 2017 is finally here! Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 marks the date of Super Bowl LI.  This year’s Super Bowl is...

Bootlegging: Fashion Industry’s Piracy Paradox

  "If players like Louis Vuitton and Gucci have their hands full protecting their intellectual property, then what chance does a young designer have?” said...
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Harley-Davidson sues Urban Outfitters for $2 Million

Harley-Davidson sues multinational clothing company Urban Outfitters.  Feel like deja vu to anyone?  Probably because this isn’t the first time Harley-Davidson has sued Urban...
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Can Amazon Trademark Alexa’s Blue Rings?: PART 2

Part-2 Functionality and why trademark, why not patent? Functionality contd.. In my previous article, I discussed how a mark/color/feature cannot attain a trademark registration if the...
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Important Update: Recent Change on Proof of Use Rule

The USPTO (“United States Patent and Trademark Office”) is implementing new rules when it comes to what is required for a renewal.  This is...

The Impact of Brexit on Trademarks in the UK

In June 2016 the UK voters decided in a referendum to leave the European Union.  (Also known as "Brexit.") The process of the UK’s...

Trademark Law at the Supreme Court: Lee v. Tam

It's a big day for trademark law at the Supreme Court. And by all accounts, a big line to get a seat, as well. It's...

The Battle for Budweiser

In 1795 a group of German settlers has established a new brewery named Budweiser Bürgerbräu in a town of České Budějovice (Budweis in German),...
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Happy 58th Birthday Barbie!

Happy 58th Birthday Barbie!   March 9, 1959 marks the date that Barbie was introduced to the world at the American Toy Fair in New...
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Top 3 IP Cases to Watch in the US – 2017

A new year means a new Supreme Court session. Here are three top US intellectual property cases to watch out for this year. Lee...
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What’s In a Name?: The Jose Mourinho Trademark Saga

In May 2016 Jose Mourinho was named as the manager for Manchester United Football Club.  During this announcement, it was revealed that his name...
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Big Mouse in the House: Disney Trademark Oppositions

Hiya, pal! Good to see ya! Walt Disney has undeniably created some of the most iconic fictional characters of today.  (Dare I say ever?)...