Posts in Trademark


Cubs, MLB seek ex parte seizure of counterfeit merchandise sold outside Wrigley Field

There are a large number of trademarks owned both by the Cubs and by MLB which are being infringed upon, according to the suit. The Cubs want …
By Steve Brachmann
1 day ago 0

Las Vegas NHL team files trademark applications for Silver Knights, Desert Knights and Golden Knights nicknames

A series of 12 trademark applications filed by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment, LLC, the consortium which owns the new NHL franchise, with the U.S. Patent and …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 0

Estimating the Costs for Filing, Registering, and Renewing Single-class Trademarks across the Globe

Estimates for renewing the trademark for one term (including the attorney costs) in the U.S. and the other seven Convention countries vary from $320 in Thailand to $2,120 …

Warner Bros. settles FTC charges over deceptive YouTube influencer campaign marketing of video game

The FTC filed a complaint against Warner Bros. for violating provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act by making payments to prominent members of YouTube for positive …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 0

Tommy Hilfiger’s Gigi Hadid fashion line targeted by GiGi New York in cease and desist letter

Part of GiGi New York’s trademark infringement allegation is directed at how Tommy Hilfiger has styled the name TOMMYxGIGI, especially in the use of a “unique …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 0

Trader Joe’s and Extraterritorial Application of the Lanham Act

Trader Joe’s sued Hallatt (d/b/a Pirate Joe’s) for trademark infringement in the Western District of Washington, invoking the court’s federal question and …
By Brian Focarino
9 days ago 1

Oakland Raiders file three trademark applications suggesting potential Las Vegas relocation

On August 20th, the Oakland Raiders filed three trademark applications with the USPTO for standard character marks on “Las Vegas Raiders,” suggesting the team is very serious …
By Steve Brachmann
11 days ago 0

Boston-based Tasty Burger alleges trademark infringement by Tasty Made, Chipotle’s burger chain

hipotle Mexican Grill is gearing up to launch a new franchise brand of restaurants. The first Tasty Made will open this fall in Lancaster, OH, and locations …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

How do Estates Monetize Images and Intellectual Property of Dead Celebrities?

With the deaths of Prince and David Bowie earlier in the year, the process by which celebrity estates monetize the images and other intellectual property (IP) of …
By Derek Handova
2 months ago 1

#Infringement? Olympic Committee Attempts to Knock Out Competitors

The Olympic Games will draw the attention of the world under a banner of honest competition and camaraderie. However, many have accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) …
By Ryan Fox
2 months ago 0

How Trade Dress Can Help Game Developers Level Up

A developer asserting trade dress protection must, therefore, establish that a game’s design does not yield a utilitarian advantage by demonstrating that “the product feature serves …
By Eric Ball & Alexander Ip
2 months ago 0

Governments banning use of brands is a troublesome trend

We understand governments have a responsibility to protect the health of their citizens and therefore, should regulate harmful products. However, there is no compelling evidence that restricting …

Patent litigation returning to pre-2013 levels, says Lex Machina

During 2016’s second quarter, plaintiffs filed a total of 1,282 patent infringement cases in U.S. district court. This is a 33 percent increase in the 958 patent cases filed …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Parent or Subsidiary? Think Twice Before Opting Not to Have the Parent Own the Trademark

Where a company has a complicated ownership structure – perhaps hundreds or even thousands of legal entities ultimately under a single parent company – the trademark practitioner may colloquially …

Uber IP: A primer on the patents, trademarks and copyrights owned by Uber

Uber has also obtained design patent protection for its user interfaces. The user interfaces would not be eligible for protection under trademark law, therefore, design patent protection …
By Audrey Ogurchak
2 months ago 1