Posts Tagged: trademarks


Supreme Court Rocks the Trademark Office in ‘Slants’ Case

After a streak of six patent decisions uniformly overruling the Federal Circuit, and for the first time all term, the Supreme Court finally handed the Federal Circuit …

Nintendo trademark, Universal patent applications shed light on future of Super Nintendo World

The trademark application also gives some idea as to how immersive an entertainment experience Nintendo is hoping will be built at its themed areas in Universal parks. …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 0

Dunkin’ Donuts sues coffee shop over “America Runs On Dunkin'”

Dunkin’ Donuts allegations center around a message displayed on windows at the Mike’s Coffee location: “North Now Runs On Mike’s”. Although Steve Copoulos, the owner …
By Steve Brachmann
11 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
11 months ago 0

Supreme Court says disparagement clause violates the First Amendment Free Speech Clause

Earlier this morning the United States Supreme Court delivered a much-anticipated decision in Matal v. Tam, the trademark case that asks whether a disparaging trademark can be …
By Gene Quinn
11 months ago 37

Federal Circuit Affirms Service Mark is Owned by Group, Not by Departing Group Member

In Lyons v. American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine the Federal Circuit affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (“Board”) cancellation of Sheila Lyons’s registration …

The Most Notable, and Sometimes Creepy, Restaurant Mascots, Characters and Personalities

Over the years, more and more companies have begun using Mascots (Characters and Personalities), some of which are real people, in addition to logos and company names …
By Renee C. Quinn
12 months ago 2

TTAB Must Consider ‘Fame’ of Trademark Using Totality of Circumstances

The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to deny the trademark cancellation petition, finding that the Board used an incorrect …

Senate judiciary committee holds nomination hearing for Vishal J. Amin to serve as IPEC

At the top of Amin’s prepared remarks delivered to the Senate judiciary committee, he noted the fact that the importance of protecting IP was made explicit …
By Steve Brachmann
12 months ago 0

How New Musicians Can Protect Their Music’s Intellectual Property

It’s not just businesses and corporate environments that need intellectual property protection - artists of all kinds must protect their work too. Specifically, musicians have a …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
12 months ago 2

INTA Keynote: ‘We want to raise an anti-piracy generation’

Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Spain’s Minister of Education, Culture and Sport began by explaining talent must always have a price and that it should be …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 3

Court Finds ‘Google’ is Not Generic

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on May 16, 2017 that Google has not become a victim of its own success – that is, its Google trademark is still …

Famous hotel brand RITZ successful in invalidating RITZ MARCHE in Japan

In the assessment of similarity, the Board considered a term “MARCHE” to be less distinctive or inherently descriptive in connection with “retail services or wholesale services for …
By Masaki Mikami
1 year ago 0

Navigating the Maze of International Cannabis Trademarks

Some have dubbed it the modern-day gold rush while skeptics warn of the hostile attitude of the current administration in Washington D.C. Whatever the view there …
By Nuzayra Haque
1 year ago 3

How Consumers Can Protect Themselves from False Advertising in Retail

In September 2014, a California woman named Linda Rubenstein sued Neiman Marcus over allegedly misleading price tags at their “Last Call” line of stores. In the case, Rubenstein …