Posts Tagged: trademark


Williams-Sonoma Lawsuit Accuses Amazon of Offering Infringing Products for Sale Online

On Friday, December 14th, San Francisco, CA-based home furnishing retailer Williams-Sonoma filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California alleging claims of trademark and design patent …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 1

Girl Scouts File Trademark Complaint Against Rival Boy Scouts

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America have filed suit to force the Boy Scouts of America to put the “Boy” back into “Boy Scout.” …
By Tiffani Otey & Phil Gura
2 months ago 1

Monster Energy Prevails on Trademark and Trade Dress Infringement Claims, Wins Punitive Damages

Energy drink maker Monster Energy recently prevailed in its trademark and trade dress infringement lawsuit against Integrated Supply Networks (ISN), a maker of automotive tools and related …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

BIC Files Complaints at the ITC, EDNY Alleging Trademark Infringement of Pocket Lighters

Although many readers might be more familiar with patent infringement claims asserted in Section 337 actions at the ITC, BIC Vice President and General Counsel Steve Burkhart notes …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Cadbury’s Quest to Strengthen Color Trademark Leaves it Vulnerable Following Nestlé Battle

Registering a non-traditional trademark, such as sound clip, position mark, or a color, can offer a significant competitive advantage in a world where goods and services are …
By Sharon Daboul
2 months ago 0

False Advertising, Free Speech, and the Fight Over Plant-based and Lab-Grown Meat Alternatives

Missouri made history in August 2018 when it became the first state to regulate the use of the word “meat” on product labels. The new legislation takes aim …
By Yitzchak Besser
3 months ago 3

Federal Circuit Maintains Full-Court Press on Converse’s Chuck Taylor Trade Dress

On October 30, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a decision from the International Trade Court invalidating the Converse Chuck Taylor sneaker design trade dress.  Converse Inc. …
By Thomas Williams
3 months ago 0

Trademark Applications Surge as Overseas Brands Enter U.S. Market

The number of trademark applications being filed by foreign companies with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been growing steadily – and in China’s …
By Mark Peroff
3 months ago 0

Managing Trademark Clutter in a Busy IoT World

The default position of brands has often been to protect as many marks as possible, driving other applicants out and helping establish a well-known and profitable identity. …
By Jayne Durden
3 months ago 1

‘Honey Badger Don’t Care’ But the Ninth Circuit Does, Finds Triable Issue of Fact in Gordon v. Drape Creative

Christopher Gordon, under the pseudonym “Randall,” released the Honey Badger movie in 2011 and the 3:20-long video has been viewed more than 89 million times. Gordon filed trademark applications …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 1

Protecting Your Brand Portfolio: Four Steps for a Proper Trademark Audit

A trademark audit is a review of a brand owner’s current trademark portfolio to ensure that the brand owner’s trademark usage and trademark holdings are …
By Alice Denenberg
3 months ago 0

Counterfeiters to target Millennial shoppers on Black Friday: How can brands fight back?

Black Friday is one of the most important retail events of the year for brands and consumers alike. This sales event is particularly tempting for price-centric Millennials …
By Laura Urquizu
3 months ago 0

International Trademark Lessons from the Bayer-Belmora FLANAX Trademark Fight

A closely watched cross-border trademark case finally has been resolved, and the results of the case have implications for global trademark holders. A  U.S. District Court …
By Jennifer Itzkoff
3 months ago 4

Supreme Court to Determine if Bankruptcy Code Allows Debtor to Terminate Trademark License Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC on appeal from the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 2

The Complicated Relationship Between IP Law & Cannabis

For the innovators capitalizing on the legal growth, distribution, and commercial sale of cannabis, the procurement of intellectual property rights can go a long way in the …
By Carly Klein
3 months ago 0