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#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...

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.

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...

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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Fraudulent Trademark Solicitations Roundtable – July 26, 2017

The United States Patent and Trademark Office announced that on July 26, 2017 the Trademark Organization and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee plan to hold...

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...
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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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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?)...

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.
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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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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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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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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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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...

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...
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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...

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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IP Legislation Wish List for 2017

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article represent that of the author and the contributors who have been quoted, and are not the official...

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...

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...

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...
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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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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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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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Coming Soon: Amazon’s New Brand Registry

Good news for those of you who sell goods on Amazon.com! Amazon is launching an initiative next month to remove knock-off stuff from its...
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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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It’s Hook and Loop, Not Velcro!: A Discussion of Trademark Genercide

You may have noticed the video “Don’t Say Velcro” trending on your social media platforms this week. The video, produced by Velcro® Brand’s legal...
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Litigious One You Are Lucasfilm

On December 16, 2016 Disney is releasing a new Star Wars film titled "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”   While this movie is not...
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Marching Towards Madness (and Away From TM Liability)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! For many Americans, the month of March is synonymous with kites or St. Patrick's Day or flowers...
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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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Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!

Two weeks ago, we celebrated National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend with a discussion of licensing agreements and cookie trademarks. This Sunday, the Girl Scouts of...

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.
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Announcement: New Manufacturing Feature on Trademarkia

LegalForce Trademarkia now helps small businesses design their products and take them to market!  For just $199, we will help you get bids from our network...
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Top 3 IP Cases in Europe – 2016

Today we turn our attention not to a particular country, but to an economic region -- the European Union. While we are looking ahead and...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...

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.

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...