Posts in Policing Trademarks


‘Cockygate’ Trademark Row Causes Heartbreak in U.S. Indie Romance Novel Publishing Industry

In recent weeks, the U.S. romance publishing industry has been roiling over a trademark issue which has been less-than-affectionately referred to as Cockygate. According to various …
By Steve Brachmann
15 days ago 2

MLBPA Files Opposition at TTAB over ‘Here Comes the Judge’ Trademark Application

On March 21st, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) filed a formal notice of opposition at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to challenge a …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Can the name of a fictional, intergalactic game evolve into a trademark protectable in the world of mere groundlings?

In its latest action in a multi-jurisdictional conflict with a mobile gaming producer, Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC and Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC filed a complaint for trademark …
By Cliff Kuehn
5 months ago 7

Ukraine: 25 Years After the USSR Collapse, Two Countries’ Banks Keep Disputing One Trademark

Two signs “Oschadbank” and “Sberbank” have the same meaning in Ukrainian and Russian, namely, the abbreviation of SBEREGATELNYY BANK (Savings Bank). After the Soviet Union disintegration in 1991, …
By Mariya Ortynska
5 months ago 5

The Trump Administration is Investigating the “Theft of IP” by China: What You Need to Know About Trademarks in China

A Couple of weeks ago, the Trump administration formally launched a “Section 301” investigation into the “theft of intellectual property” by China.  According to US Trade Representative Robert …
By Philip Nulud
9 months ago 0

Neighboring booths at IDEA World 2017 locked in trademark infringement case over fitness equipment

At this year’s IDEA World, TRX’s booth is very close to Aktiv Solutions, a distributor of fitness equipment. The two are only separated by one …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 3

Wrigley sues Chicago area e-cig firm over Doublemint, Juicy Fruit liquid vapor products

Chicago-based chewing gum company Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company filed a trademark infringement suit against e-cigarette seller Chi-Town Vapers LLC of Bensenville, IL. The suit targets Chi-Town for …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 1

Who Owns the Rights to the Word ‘Covfefe’?

“Filing a trademark application with the goal of claiming a right to a particular term – with nothing more – is a fundamental misunderstanding of our trademark laws,” Alston & …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
12 months ago 0

IP Rights strategies for preventing and handling infringements in China

Securing IP rights in China has been a priority for companies selling or manufacturing in China due to the country’s singular attitude to intellectual property, which …
By Joan Porta
1 year ago 0

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
1 year 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 year ago 0

Alibaba ramps up rhetoric on anti-counterfeiting laws, urges China to strengthen penalties

The most recent notorious markets report from the USTR seems to have further galvanized Alibaba into taking action to reduce the number of counterfeit products sold on …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1

Laughable Moments: When Trademark Holders are Overprotective

Attorneys and non-attorneys love to make fun of these overly aggressive and unreasonable cease and desist letters. Online, a well-written and funny response can go viral, bringing …
By Chris Schwegmann
1 year ago 3