Posts in Trademark


Cleveland Indians to Stop Using Chief Wahoo Logo in 2019

The Cleveland Indians are planning to stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms or on signage at the stadium starting in 2019. As a longtime source …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
3 months ago 1

Match Group Sues Bumble Over Patents, Alleges Former Tinder Employees Misappropriated Trade Secrets

Dallas, TX-based online dating app developer Match Group filed a suit in the Western District of Texas alleging claims of utility and design patent infringement, trademark infringement, …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
3 months ago 4

China Reorganizes SIPO, Gives It Authority Over Trademark and Geographical Indications

Among the many bureaucratic changes that resulted from the amendments to the Chinese Constitution included the integration of trademark responsibilities with the other intellectual property activities of …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Tips For Safeguarding Your Concept, While Making Your Mark on the Wellness Industry

Consumers driving the Wellness industry seek more than just a clothing company, a new workout, or a healthy alternative to the standard lunchtime sandwich – they value brand …
By Emma Green
3 months ago 0

U.S. Customs Reports a Record Number of Counterfeit Shipments Seized During 2017

the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it, along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), had seized a record number of counterfeit …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Florida Restaurateurs Face Off in Trademark Suit Over Frenchy’s Name

On February 20th, Clearwater Beach, FL-based restaurateur Frenchy’s Corporate filed a suit alleging trademark infringement against the owners and operators of Frenchy’s Pizzeria & Tavern, …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 3

Olympics and Intellectual Property: What Brands Need to Know

“The purpose of Rule 40 is to prevent over-commercialization of the games and to protect the exclusivity of the official sponsors, who spend many millions of dollars to …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
3 months ago 0

Craft Beer vs. Big Beer Trademark Suit May Test 9th Circuit’s ‘Irreparable Harm’ Standard

A resounding en garde was declared by California craft beer brand Stone to MillerCoors, the second largest beer company in the United States, over the alleged taking …
By Cliff Kuehn
4 months ago 1

Colgate-Palmolive Files Trademark Suit Over Use of ‘360’ Branding on Toothbrushes, Oral Care Products

Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) filed a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement in the Southern District of New York against Grand Rapids, MI-based oral healthcare company Ranir LLC. At issue …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

The Commodores Trademark Lawsuit and its Effect on IP in Entertainment

Grammy Award winning funk, soul band The Commodores—whose hit singles include Easy and Brick House—recently won a trademark infringement lawsuit against its ex-bandmate and founding …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
4 months ago 0

Letter to President Trump on China IP Probe is Latest Sign of Conservative Support for Private IP Rights

A group of 16 leaders from politically conservative institutions sent a letter addressed to President Donald Trump lauding the Trump Administration’s decision last summer to initiate an …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 2

USTR: Counterfeit and pirated physical products valued at nearly half a trillion dollars

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, imports of counterfeit and pirated physical products are valued at about half a trillion dollars, or about 2.5 …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 2

Andrei Iancu confirmed by Senate as Director of the USPTO

Andrei Iancu was confirmed by the United States Senate to become Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the United States Patent and …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 31

2017 Saw Fewest Patent Lawsuits Filed Since 2011

Q4 2017 saw a total of 981 patent infringement cases filed in district courts, the second-lowest total for any quarter in 2017 and the third-lowest total for any quarter dating …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 8

Incontestable Status: What it is and why trademark owners want it

Incontestable status does not make the trademark immune from all possible challenges, however, the most problematic challenges from a trademark owner's perspective are gone... "To me, incontestable …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 1