Posts Tagged: trademarks


A Slanted View of Scandalous and Disparaging Trademarks

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument in Lee v. Tam for January 18... The genesis of the case is a Portland, Oregon all-Asian-American band called The Slants, …
By Esther Sirotnik
18 hours ago 0

Lex Machina litigation report shows 22% drop in patent infringement suits for 2016

For the year patent infringement cases dropped by 22 percent from the previous year, from 5,823 cases in 2015 down to 4,520 cases in 2016. 2016 actually saw the lowest number of patent …
By Steve Brachmann
22 hours ago 0

Estate of Marilyn Monroe sues intimate apparel company for trademark infringement

On August 8, 2016, plaintiff became aware of defendant’s unauthorized use of the Marilyn Monroe marks and likeness and sent a cease and desist letter. Defendant continued with …
By Gene Quinn & Matt Scyoc
2 days ago 0

Cowboys’ Prescott and Elliott in hunt for the Super Bowl and U.S. trademark registration

Not only are these two young men rising NFL stars who look as though they will have very promising careers; they’re also intellectual property owners. An …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 0

IP News: The Maiden Voyage of the USS IP Watchy McDogface

Without reneging on our commitment to in-depth coverage of the IP world, we wanted to add a new element to our coverage and today we’re introducing …

Michael Jordan prevails in trademark case, earns right to use Chinese character mark for his name on merchandise

On December 8th, famed basketball star Michael Jordan was partially successful in a legal action filed in Chinese courts over the use of his name and likeness …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 0

Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau registers trademark for nickname “Johnny Hockey”

One of the more exciting young talents currently playing in the National Hockey League is Johnny Gaudreau, a forward for the NHL’s Calgary Flames who is …
By Steve Brachmann
11 days ago 0

Jägermeister files trademark opposition with TTAB over similar Milwaukee Bucks logo

In April 2015, the National Basketball Association’s Milwaukee Bucks announced that it was in the midst of a project to redesign the team’s logo. Reports indicated …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 1

Willful trademark infringement alleged after defendant admits infringement, promises to cease

According to the complaint, when the 2015 arose the defendant gave written representations that they had indeed infringed on the trademarks and trade dress of WRB, that the …
By Gene Quinn
22 days ago 0

Counterfeit NFL jerseys highlight issues of fake apparel from China

Misspellings, $20 for a $200 jersey, encouraging use of Western Union wire transfers, and no visible mention of being officially licensed NFL merchandise should raise at least some suspicions... …
By Steve Brachmann
26 days ago 5

Almost Famous: Many Trademark Owners Find Dilution Claims Out of Reach

In a dilution claim, a trademark owner asserts that their famous mark is entitled to protection from use that causes harm to the mark’s reputation or …
By Eric Ball & Carly Bittman
28 days ago 0

CAFC Vacates TTAB, Refuses Bright-Line Rule to Distinguish Software from Services Rendered

The Federal Circuit vacated the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (“Board”) cancellation of two JobDiva service mark registrations—one in whole and the other in part—…

USPTO refuses registration of Golden Knights trademark for Las Vegas NHL franchise

In late November, the Las Vegas NHL hockey franchise, which will begin playing with the National Hockey League (NHL) in the 2017-18 season, announced that it would …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 3

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 month ago 1

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
1 month ago 0