Posts Tagged: trademark


Instagram challenges Microsoft trademark application at TTAB over ‘gram’ suffix

Instagram’s TTAB action targets U.S. Trademark Application No. 86663305, which would protect Microsoft’s use of the standard character mark “ACTIONGRAM” on goods including computer software …
By Steve Brachmann
1 day ago 0

76ers’ Joel Embiid trademarks “The Process” to market Shirley Temple drinks, children’s books

In recent weeks, Joel Embiid has filed two trademark registration applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, both of which would protect standard character marks …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 0

Challenging Aspects of the Legal Protection of Non-Traditional Trademarks: “Shape Trademarks”

Classic trademarks consist of word or graphic elements, or their two-dimensional combinations. Naturally, they are targeted at one human sense only. Such trademarks can only be perceived …
By Anastasia Zaitseva
3 days ago 0

Couple charged with funding large crime ring to produce counterfeit 5-hour ENERGY found guilty

Joseph and Adriana Shayota were recently found guilty of manufacturing and selling millions of counterfeit bottles 5-hour ENERGY. They were kingpins in a criminal ring of 11 people …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 0

Schedule I status for marijuana prompts TTAB to deny trademark registration for JUJU Joints

A decision to deny trademark registration for two marks to be used on marijuana related goods was handed down in late October by the USPTO’s Trademark …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 0

How Can You Protect Cannabis-based Intellectual Property Under Federal Prohibition?

What started as a curiosity in Colorado and Washington state in 2012 could have gained the momentum of a juggernaut: marijuana legalization. Now with California and other states …
By Derek Handova
12 days ago 1

ABA files amicus brief in Lee v. Tam to correct errors in trademark law made by Federal Circuit

In the brief, the ABA takes no official opinion on whether the disparagement provisions of the Lanham Act are invalid in the face of constitutionally-protected free speech. …
By Steve Brachmann
14 days ago 3

Trademark owners are often targeted by fraudulent, deceptive registry services

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s official website warns trademark owners about private companies who conduct trademark scams. These schemes involve companies, many of which …
By Steve Brachmann
21 days ago 4

CAFC Overturns Trademark Cancellation, Clarifies ‘Use in Commerce’ Requirement

The Federal Circuit reversed the cancellation of two trademarks by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) and remanded for further consideration... “Use in commerce” under the …

‘The Walking Dead’ production company brings trademark suit against Atlanta-area movie studio

Although the studio construction itself seems to be carrying on apace, Valhalla Studios has gotten itself into legal trouble over its chosen name. On October 19th, the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner: When celebrities are sued for trademark infringement

Kanye West, ran into some legal trouble when he was sued for trademark infringement by Michael Medina for using the word “Loisaidas” in the title. Medina began …
By Audrey Ogurchak
1 month ago 0

Lucasfilm brings trademark suit against operator of lightsaber training academies

The lawsuit filed by Lucasfilm names a series of defendants including Michael Brown, also known as Flynn Michael, a resident of Oakland, CA, and the operator of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 1

PODS wins largest corrective advertising damages ever against U-Haul, settles for $41.4 million

The $41.4 million settlement ends a legal clash that had previously led to the largest damages award for corrective advertising ever. The jury verdict was entered in the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Chicago Cubs continue trademark enforcement activities with 49 TTAB petitions in 2016

Cubs fans have been able to “fly the W” a number of times this postseason, referring to the win flag that is raised at Wrigley Stadium after …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 1

What’s New with the Changes to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB or the Board) Rules of Practice will change on January 14, 2017. The new rules will be applicable to all inter partes (…
By Eric Ball & Emily Gische
2 months ago 0