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Avoiding Trademark Pitfalls

Why Not Use A Low Cost Online Provider for your Trademark Registration? When someone wants to protect, they don’t just need a simple registration form completed and then filed. Frankly, anyone can complete a form. However, even a well prepared … Continue reading

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A&E Television Studies Sue for Trademark Infringement over Duck Dynasty Slogan, “My Favorite Color is Camo”

Hard to believe, but even big companies like A&E forget to do trademark clearance searches before they launch new products.  In this case, there was a federally registered mark for “My favorite color’s camo” (emphasis added).  A&E started selling Duck … Continue reading

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TGI Fridays and Skinnygirl

TGI Fridays has partnered with Skinnygirl® Bare Naked vodka brand to offer a lineup of lower-calorie cocktails.  The casual dining franchise’s new cocktail range includes a Skinny Appletini, Skinny Cosmopolitan, Skinny Cosmo Cooler, Skinny Martini and Skinny Pink Punch Cosmo.  … Continue reading

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Can Key Words be Trademark Infringement?

Google Adwords threw trademark owners into new territory, and not a welcome one for the most part.  Website owners could now purchase key words from Google Adwords that included brand names of competitors.  Lens.com Inc. purchased, through third party marketing … Continue reading

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Paris Hilton not Flattered by Imitation

Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton launched a line of fragrances and bath products in 2004. Last year, Perfume Palace unveiled its line of fragrance and beauty products called “Paris, Paris.” Paris Hilton alleges trade dress and trademark infringement on the basis … Continue reading

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A Low-Cost Trademark Search Would Have Saved Tens of Thousands in Legal Fees

Longhorn Steakhouse successfully sued Longhorn Wings for trademark infringement. It is hard to understand how the case got so far. First, a trademark clearance search would have revealed the potential problem. Second, the chain restaurant undoubtedly sent a cease and … Continue reading

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The rise of 3D-pringting as intellectual property

The technology of 3D-printing has made great progress, and the laws affecting this industry are catching up. A 3D-printer is a machine that builds objects, by adding (printing) very tiny layers of material on top of each other to create … Continue reading

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The South Butt: a trademark infringement story

This story tickles my funny bone. A 16 year old student, Jimmy Winkelmann, started a company called The South Butt, producing a clothing line that was a parody of North Face. The product was wildly popular, but North Face was … Continue reading

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Receiving a Cease & Desist letter – Part 3: exploring patent licenses In Part 1 of this series on cease & desist letters, I explained that the first course of action should be to hire a patent attorney for an … Continue reading

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Receiving a cease and desist letter – Part 2: due diligence

In Part 1 of this series on cease and desist letters, I suggested hiring an attorney for an infringement opinion if and when you are faced with a cease and desist. Before investing in the expense of negotiations and possible … Continue reading

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