Posts in Trademark


USPTO gets $3.6 billion in President’s FY 2018 budget, avoids fee diversion

Under President Trump's FY 2018 budget the USPTO will receive $3,586,193,000 from fees collected and to be available until expended. This appropriation would result in $0 being provided to the …
By Gene Quinn
5 days ago 10

INTA Keynote: ‘We want to raise an anti-piracy generation’

Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Spain’s Minister of Education, Culture and Sport began by explaining talent must always have a price and that it should be …
By Gene Quinn
5 days ago 3

Court Finds ‘Google’ is Not Generic

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on May 16, 2017 that Google has not become a victim of its own success – that is, its Google trademark is still …

Famous hotel brand RITZ successful in invalidating RITZ MARCHE in Japan

In the assessment of similarity, the Board considered a term “MARCHE” to be less distinctive or inherently descriptive in connection with “retail services or wholesale services for …
By Masaki Mikami
16 days ago 0

Navigating the Maze of International Cannabis Trademarks

Some have dubbed it the modern-day gold rush while skeptics warn of the hostile attitude of the current administration in Washington D.C. Whatever the view there …
By Nuzayra Haque
25 days ago 3

How Consumers Can Protect Themselves from False Advertising in Retail

In September 2014, a California woman named Linda Rubenstein sued Neiman Marcus over allegedly misleading price tags at their “Last Call” line of stores. In the case, Rubenstein …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
26 days ago 0

Senate judiciary committee holds hearing on intellectual property as a driver of innovation

“As a society, we depend on innovators… to make our lives better and to solve the challenges we face,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the …
By Steve Brachmann
27 days ago 14

Lex Machina reports that Q1 2017 saw fewest patent infringement cases since Q3 2011

One of the key findings is that only 938 patent infringement actions were filed in district courts during the recent quarter, a total which is the lowest for …
By Steve Brachmann
28 days ago 4

Trademark hijackers are hurting online advertisers; here’s how to stop them

Avery Labels worked hard to establish its brand among consumers as the premier retailer of label products, as well as providing software solutions through their design-and-print-online tool …
By David Grow
29 days ago 0

Managing and Protecting a Brand in the Age of Social Media

In 2016 social media users reached 2.3 billion. With an audience made up of consumers, competitors and industry influencers, social media is a melting pot of opportunity and risk. …
By Jayne Durden
1 month ago 0

C-Suite Executives More Aware of Trademark Portfolio Risk and Reward

Eight in ten C-level executives believe trademark infringement of their marks is on the rise... Despite their feeling that trademark infringement is on the rise, 66% of organizations …
By Brian Focarino
1 month ago 0

20 years after ‘The Cat Not in the Hat’, a look at Dr. Seuss vs. the O.J. Simpson murder trial story

On March 27th, 1997, the 9th Cir. decided to affirm a preliminary injunction prohibiting the publication and distribution of The Cat NOT in the Hat!, a parody of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Makers of TRX exercise equipment win $6.8 million patent verdict, prove willful infringement

The makers of TRX fitness and training equipment, was awarded more than $6.8 million in damages after a jury verdict finding willful patent infringement by San Carlos, CA-based …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Frankly My Dear I Don’t Give a Tam: The Oddball Consequences of In re Tam

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on the cloudy Wednesday morning of January 18, 2017. Although the Justices posed tough questions and intricate hypotheticals to both sides, the tone …

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that could create venue limitations on patent infringement actions. A major Korean consumer tech firm files its first …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0