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Corsearch Acquires Principium Trademark Watch and Domain Services Businesses

Making The Paralegal’s Life Easier – An Interview

Recently we sat with Motorola Senior Paralegal Nicole Bosshardt to learn how the Corsearch Platform helps make the paralegal's life…

Join Us In Celebrating Some Big 2019 Brand Anniversaries

As we did last year, we’re rounding up some big brands celebrating milestone anniversaries this year…including one very familiar brand…

Corsearch Acquires Yellow Brand Protection

After 70 years as an industry leader in brand establishment and protection for trademark and brand professionals, Corsearch reached yet…

Riding the ‘Green Wave’: 4 Ways Cannabis Companies Can Protect Their Brands

“Cannabis trademarks represent the new frontier in the legal brand clearance process.” 

6 Key Features of a Comprehensive Trademark Search Report

When you're clearing trademarks, you need a truly complete picture of potential showstoppers or other problems. This is particularly true…

Corsearch GC Diane Plaut Selected To Represent The IPC of ICANN

Corsearch is proud to announce that our General Counsel and Privacy Officer, Diane Plaut, has been chosen to be one…

WEBINAR: What Corsearch Is Doing To Comply With GDPR

Corsearch would like to invite you to join us for a Webinar Monday, July 23, 10:00 - 11:00 am (EDT) /…

Changes Coming to Canadian Trademark Law in 2019

As we hit the halfway mark in 2018, it's a good time to note that sweeping changes to Canada's trademark…

Highlights of the Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief Q1 2018

US-based domain name and internet security company Verisign released its Q1 2018 report, "The Domain Name Industry Brief," which highlights trends in domain…

Renaming Projects: Swaziland Changes Its Name

Renaming a brand, a product, or a company is a huge, complex project. Have you ever thought about what happens…

OECD Report: Italy Loses Billions to Counterfeits

Sales of counterfeit Italian goods are taking a 1%–2% bite out of Italy's GDP, according to a recent OECD report.…

ISPs Win UK Case on Website Blocking Costs

The UK Supreme Court ruled that internet service providers (ISPs) no longer have to pay the cost of blocking websites that…

Monster Energy Loses Trademark Case in Singapore

US-based energy drink maker Monster Energy Company (MEC) failed in a bid to stop Chinese investment company Tencent Holdings Limited from registering…

Branding News: From iHOP to IHOb

When US restaurant chain IHOP — the International House of Pancakes — recently started sending the message that its name…

Velcro Debuts Second Music Video Starring In-House Lawyers to Fight Misuse of Trademark

It was just last September that the Velcro Companies' singing legal department released a serious message about the generalization of trademarked brand…

The World’s Most Enduring Brands

Have you ever wondered about those brands that endure over time — and how they accomplish it? Fast Company Design recently…

Centuries-old British Shipping Icon Subject of Trademark Dispute

Have you ever heard of the Plimsoll Line? If you aren't part of the world of shipping, you might be…

India Launches an Intellectual Property Mascot

Usually when we write about mascots, we're writing about the protection of their trademarks. From sports mascots (like Zabivaka for the…

Adidas’ Logo Tops Brand Visibility List

The Adidas logo came out on top of marketing technology firm Brandwatch's "2018 Brand Visibility Report" — for its 6.6 million Instagram and…

The World of Emoji and Emoticons: From Design Origins to Recent Trends

Although emoji and emoticons are ubiquitous today, back in the 1990s, what later became a "craze" started with just one…

Ivanka Trump Granted 7 New Trademarks in China

Seven new trademarks were granted by the Chinese government to US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka's fashion business. The trademarks cover…

Corsearch New gTLD Update: .DE and .UK

This update includes news about the .DE and .UK registries. .DE elimination of the local administrative contact requirement The .DE registry,…

Cash Incentives Are Possibly Behind Huge Influx of Chinese Trademark Applications in the US

US trademark applications from China have grown "more than 12-fold since 2013," totaling more than all filings from Canada, Germany,…

#INTA2018: Corsearch Shows Up Big With a “Cooler” Booth

 

Reporting the latest – ICANN’s Temporary Specification

Yesterday the ICANN Board adopted a Temporary Specification for GDPR compliance, pursuant to the procedure under ICANN’s Registry Agreements and…

French Ex-Pat Who Lost Rights to France.com Files Lawsuit

In an attempt to get the rights to the France.com domain back, Jean-Noël Frydman is suing the French Republic, Atout France…

Corsearch Heads To Seattle for #INTA2018

In just a few days Corsearch employees will arrive in Seattle, Washington for the event of the year --  the 140th Annual International…

Jack Daniel’s Sues Lonehand Whiskey Maker for Trademark and Trade Dress Infringement

The world of alcohol beverage is an extremely competitive industry and the value and importance of trademarks and trade dress…

Brand Protection Challenges in the Pharma Industry

Brand owners in the pharmaceutical sector are facing a challenge to find faster ways to launch brand protection measures. This…

City Brand Identities: Helsinki, Finland’s New Look

Redesigning a city's brand identity is a massive undertaking. Last year we wrote about Atlanta, Georgia's rebranding project for its Department…

Corsearch New gTLD Update: .招聘, .Place, .GAL, .MOE, .LONDON, and More

This update includes news about .招聘, .Place, .GAL, .MOE, .LONDON, .TRAVEL, .BOATS,.YACHTS, .HOMES, .MOTORCYCLES, and .AUTOS. Launch of .招聘(recruitment /…

Privacy, Data Protection and Electronic Direct Marketing – The Changes Ahead

As the world prepares for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on May 25th, the next wave…

World Intellectual Property Day Celebrates Women in Innovation and Creativity

Today we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day by acknowledging the role that intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. This…

NY Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Sues Café for Trademark Infringement

New York City's Museum of Modern Art — widely known as MoMA — is suing a recently opened New York…

Sony Pictures Television Sues Over “Breaking Bud” Beer

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has filed a lawsuit against California-based Knee Deep Brewing Company over the name of one of its IPAs — Breaking…

In-N-Out Burger v. Down N’ Out Burger

Have you ever had an In-N-Out burger outside of the United States? Most likely not, since the California-based burger chain…

Scottish Bank Successful in Cybersquatting Case

Glasgow-based Clydesdale Bank won a legal fight against a Chinese cybersquatter who attempted to extort nearly £100,000 from it by purchasing a…

Trademark Suit Over Rights to Desilu Name

You might remember the name "Desilu" — the name given to the television production company founded by the then-married couple…

GDPR and WHOIS: What Will Happen to Key Information as of May 25—Likely Blackout Period and Corsearch Solutions

The implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and its potential impact on right holders’ access to full WHOIS…

Alibaba Files Trademark Suit Against AlibabaCoin Cryptocurrency

This week, Chinese e-commerce company, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, sued a company called Alibabacoin for “prominent, repeated, and intentionally misleading”…

Trademark Dispute Brewing Between Barbershop Talk Shows

U.S. basketball star LeBron James' media channel, Uninterrupted, has sent a letter to the University of Alabama about what it claims is…

Icelandic Football Chant Subject of Trademark Dispute

When Icelandic football fans dressed as Vikings started chanting "Hú" at the European Championship finals in 2016, "hú" knew the…

Custom-designed Fonts as Intellectual Property

It's becoming more commonplace to see custom-designed typefaces in use by large companies these days. The latest is Netflix Sans,…

Dairy Queen and W. B. Mason Spar Over Use of “Blizzard”

If you're a soft-serve ice cream aficionado, you probably know what a Blizzard is. US-based Dairy Queen starting using the…

EU Court Rules Against Crocs Design Protection

The EU General Court has dismissed US-based shoe company Crocs' appeal against the EUIPO to cancel legal protection of its…

EU Court Rejects “Mafia” Restaurant Trademark

The European Union's General Court last week rejected an appeal by a Spanish company to keep European trademark protection for…

Booking.com: The Potential Paved Road to Protecting Highly Descriptive and Generic Terms Combined with Top-Level Domain Extensions

A word or logo can only function as a trademark if it is distinctive (i.e., capable of identifying and distinguishing…

Corsearch New gTLD Update: .APP, .DEV, .BOATS, .TH, and More

This update includes news about .APP, .DEV, .BOATS, .TH, .書籍, and .BOT.

Australian Brewer Files Trademark Application for the Color of Beer

There aren't many trademark registrations for colors in Australia, but now a brewing company has filed a trademark application for…

Goldman Sachs Sends Cryptocurrency Exchange Bitman Sachs Trademark Infringement Notification

US finance company Goldman Sachs has sent a notice to an Indian company that operates Bitman Sachs, a cryptocurrency exchange,…

Trade Association Awarded Damages in Hotel Poaching Case

A US trade association has been awarded damages in a trademark infringement case against a travel agency that sent unsolicited…

Lucasfilm in Trademark Dispute Over Mobile Game App

Do any of you Star Wars’ fans know how Han Solo won the Millennium Falcon? The answer is: in a…

DeLorean Motor Company Takes Legal Action Against Elysian Cosmetics

If you’re old enough to remember the 1980s, you’ll likely remember the futuristic gull-winged car referred to as “the DeLorean.”…

Australian Winery Takes Legal Action Against Fakes Sold in China

Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has filed a trademark lawsuit against Rush Rich Pty Ltd, claiming that it is selling…

Buying Counterfeit Goods Online May Preclude You From Trusted Traveler Programs

Clients facing problems with online counterfeiting often ask us what they can do to stop the sale of the low-cost…

Fashion Companies Are Fighting Counterfeits with Fake Counterfeits

Besides plenty of celebrity models, this year’s New York Fashion Week shows have featured lots of high fashion, along with…

Scotch Whisky Trademark Renewed in China for 10 Years

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has successfully renewed its trademark for the “Scotch whisky” trademark in China for 10 years.…

The Latest in Celebrity Trademark Applications: An Oscar Nominee Record-Holder

The annual film award season is in full swing — Golden Globes, SAGs, BAFTAs, Oscars, etc. — so why wouldn’t…

The Beatles File Lawsuit to Stop Counterfeits

Two Beatles’-owned companies — Apple Corps Ltd. and Subafilms Ltd. — filed a lawsuit last week against nearly 50 internet…

“Big Game”-Related Trademarks and Brands

If you have an interest in both trademarks and the “big game” planned for this Sunday, February 4, 2018, you’ll…

Brewery Wins Right to Use “Elvis” Name

Elvis Juice, which claims it’s the UK’s third bestselling craft beer has won the right to use the first name…

A Tale of Two Logos: Which Will Have More Traction?

There’s been lots of rumbling in the media about two similar-looking logos recently, so let’s zoom in and take a…

Corsearch Names Diane Plaut as Global General Counsel and Head of HR

Corsearch is pleased to announce that Diane Plaut has joined the company as Global General Counsel and Head of HR,…

Join Us in Celebrating Some 2018 Brand Anniversaries

Continuing with our annual tradition of taking a look at brand anniversaries, let’s take a look at which brands will…

TwiT Sues Twitter for Trademark Infringement

There’s an audio and video media platform called TWiT that produces a technology podcast called ‘This Week in Tech,’ among…

Original Commodores Members Win Long-Running Name Dispute

Two founding members of the funk band the “Commodores” have won the right to use the band’s name and trademark…

Company Names: The Ups and Downs of Using Your Personal Name

Is it a good idea to name your company after yourself? A recent New York Times article, “There’s More to…

Don Q Rum v. Donq Bakery Trademark Opposition Dismissed

Don Q is a Puerto Rican rum brand. Donq is a chain of Japanese bakeries. Do you think these two…

Steve Jobs is a Clothing Company in Italy

Back in 2012, two Italian brothers, Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato, happened to notice that Apple Inc. had not registered trademarks…

Corsearch Becomes Independent Company Following Closing of Sale to Audax Private Equity

Corsearch, a global trademark solutions leader, is pleased to announce the closing of its sale to Audax Private Equity, effective…

Adding “Blockchain” to Company Names Prompts Stock Surges

The Long Island Iced Tea Corp. changed its name to Long Blockchain Corp. and guess what happened? In pre-market trading,…

Trademark Battle Over Prosciutto di Parma Comes to an End in Canada

After a two-decade long trademark dispute, Canadians will finally be able to buy Prosciutto di Parma in 2018.

Justin Timberlake’s Trademark Applications: New Music on the Way?

As the end of the year nears, Super Bowl LII anticipation is building not only for fans of American football,…

Judge Greenlights Dr. Seuss IP Claims in Star Trek Mashup Case

Last year, Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE) filed a complaint against the creators of a book entitled, 'Oh, The Places You'll…

Anheuser-Busch Delivers Cease-and-Desist Via Medieval Town Crier

Imagine someone dressed as a town crier, scroll in hand, arriving at your office's reception desk. And then, as he…

Starbucks Loses Trademark Opposition in Singapore

Japan-based Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha, known as Morinaga Milk, filed a trademark for the logo for its line of milk…

Brands Take Flight … in Space

Earlier this year, Anheuser-Busch announced plans to put Budweiser beer in space. During the announcement at the film and music…

PayPal and Pandora Settle Letter ‘P’ Trademark Dispute

In May, PayPal sued Pandora claiming the music streaming company deliberately patterned the app branding that it introduced in late…

Wu-Tang Clan Files Trademark Opposition Against Woof-Tang Clan

If you're a fan of the rap group the Wu-Tang Clan and start a dog walking service, what might you…

Latest Court Ruling Favors Gucci in Ongoing Trademark Dispute with Forever 21

The latest court ruling in ongoing trademark litigation between Gucci and fashion retailer Forever 21 dismisses Forever 21's complaint against…

Lionel Richie Files “Here Comes Da Judge” Trademark Application & Many Others

Lionel Richie is hoping his catchphrases will get 'Stuck on You' . . . maybe 'All Night Long.' Singer/songwriter Richie…

Playboy Files Trademark Application for Retro-Style Bunny Logo

Last week, Playboy Enterprises International, Inc. filed a trademark application for a retro version of its bunny logo — featuring…

H&M Sued for Trademark Infringement by Electronic Duo Classixx

Retailer H&M was sued for trademark infringement suits last week by electronic music duo Classixx for unauthorized use of the…

Court Upholds John Deere’s Trademark for Green and Yellow Color Combo

A U.S. District Court in Kentucky ruling bans farm machinery makers from using the combination of green and yellow on…

Is Uggs a Generic Name or Not?

The New York Times story gives credit to Oprah Winfrey for making the Australian footwear famous in the United States,…

Don’t Say Velcro Music Video Warns Against Brand Name Dilution

Wow — what an entertaining way to get out a serious message about the generalization of trademarked brand names from…

Government Branding Is More Innovative Than You Might Expect

Many people associate government branding with a slogan or a tagline, usually in support of tourism initiatives (e.g., Incredinburgh, I…

Attorneys Unite: Consequences of eBay for Brand Owners and a Potential Remedy

It has been over a decade since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in eBay, Inc. v. MercExchange, LLC, 547 U.S.…

Pillsbury Trademark Action Results in Closure of “Doughboy’s Bake Shoppe”

At the beginning of this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Claudia and Mike Milladge opened a bakery called Doughboy’s Bake…

Color Trademark News: Cheerios Yellow Not Distinctive Enough

So . . . the yellow on Cheerios breakfast cereal box is not “inherently distinctive” enough to be trademarked, according…

Coachella Sues “Filmchella” for Trademark Infringement

An upcoming film festival to be held in Joshua Tree, California — located in the Coachella Valley, home of the…

Tiffany & Co. Awarded $19 Million+ in Trademark Case

Back in 2015, a US federal judge ruled that Costco, America’s largest warehouse club chain (and third largest retailer), had…

Dunkin’ Donuts Considering Name Change

Can you imagine Dunkin’ Donuts without the “Donuts”?! Luckily, that possible change would be in name only. Yes, donut chain…

“All of Garden” Blogger Free of Trademark Infringement Claim from Olive Garden — Ends Up with Gift Card!

Back in 2014, restaurant chain Olive Garden began a special promotion called Never Ending Pasta Passes, which offered unlimited meals…

When Naming Goes Public: Trainy McTrainface On Track for Swedish Rail Line

Remember Boaty McBoatface? It seems like only yesterday when the name was first floated after the UK’s Natural Environmental Research Council…

Canada Transfers Igloo Tag Logo and Trademark to Non-profit Art Foundation

As a way of providing further protection and support for Inuit art and artists in Canada, the iconic Igloo Tag…

Reviving Old Brands: ZIMA Brand is Back!

Get out your Hammer pants and inflatable sneakers because that popular drink brand from the 1990s is back. ZIMA the…

Fruit of the Loom Sues ‘Fruit of the Tomb’ Brand

‘Fruit of the Tomb’ as a clothing brand? Well, some say it’s Halloween-themed, but its owners say it’s more along…

Cyclist Greg LeMond Takes on Cybersquatters

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond won a restraining order against two cybersquatters who own 66 web addresses that…

The Importance of Brand Clearance: How About “COVFEFE” As a Brand? Part 2

In our last installment, we put a critical eye to COVFEFE as a potential brand and attempted to deconstruct it…

Naming a Startup: Creative Names Aren’t All Taken (Yet)

Have you noticed that a lot of startup companies choose unusual names, like misspellings of common words or a bunch…

Names Matter: The Challenge of Naming Your Brand

Do names really matter? They do if you’re involved in trademarks, domains, or brand protection. And they’ve become extremely important…

Names Matter: Corsearch Features Dog-Naming App at INTA

What’s in a name? Everything. If your work involves trademarks, domains, or brand protection, you’re in the names business. And…

Data Visualization: A Picture Really is Worth a Thousand Words

Let’s face it—poring through data is tedious. People who have jobs where they have to comb through long linear lists…

Iconic Red Umbrella Precipitates Trademark Infringement Suit

Does this red umbrella look familiar? That’s the Travelers Insurance red umbrella — the cornerstone of the company’s branding. Last…

Fight Over Arthur Andersen Brand Name Still Simmering Around the World

Back in April, Andersen Tax and MoHala Enterprises, which does business as Sundial Consulting, announced a settlement in a trademark…

Loblaw’s Ziggy Brand Takes on Ziggy Wine in Trademark Opposition

Canadian supermarket Loblaws has been using the Ziggy brand in on a number of items in its stores since the…

Side Effect Warning: FDA’s “Change of Formulation” to POCA Algorithm May Cause Headaches, Tiredness, and Blurry Vision

Back in late 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new version of the Phonetic and Orthographic…

Dispute Over “Cannoli King” Trademark Forces Set Design Change for Broadway Musical

A storefront sign that’s part of the set design of the Broadway musical ‘A Bronx Tale’ has stirred up a…

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Quashes Marijuanaville Trademark

Rachel A. Bevis had applied to the USPTO to register a trademark for “Marijuanaville” in International Class 25 (t-shirts, hats,…

Is This Trademark Registration “On Fleek”?

It all started in a Vine video. Kayla Newman (a/k/a Peaches Monroee) was the first to use the phrase “on…

“Drunk TED Talks” Gets Cease-and-Desist from TED Talks

Many of you have probably heard of TED Talks (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design). Operating under the slogan “ideas…

Let’s Celebrate Some 2017 Brand Anniversaries

At the beginning of each year we scan the globe for brand anniversaries that will be celebrated and highlight the…

Two Very Different Organizations Fight Over “Bears Matter” Trademark in Canada

What happens when you have a trademark dispute between an organization that wants to protect the rights of bears and…

UK’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” Retailer Sues Disney for Trademark Infringement

In a legal case that turns the (tea party?) tables, a UK retailer called “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is…

Trademarks for Mermaid-Tail Blankets Hit Some Rough Water

Remember Slankets and Snuggies — “the blanket with sleeves”? Well, innovative blanket designs have made a comeback — this time…

AirPod Case Sticker Resembling Dental Floss Brand Removed from Etsy

Ryan Ma created what he thought was a clever way to help owners of Apple’s new wireless AirPods ear buds…

One Last Common Word Trademark Dispute Story for 2016

How many times have we written about trademark disputes over common words? Let’s do it one more time for the…

Battery Manufacturers’ Battling Over Trade Dress & Packaging

Since almost 40% of battery sales happen during the holiday season, what better time to feature a story about a…

UK Court Rules in Trademark Fight Over the Use of “Titanic”

A health spa in the UK, called Titanic Spa, has won a trademark infringement suit against the Titanic Hotel Liverpool,…

Do You Really Know What’s in That Little Yellow Sweetener Packet?

Next time you’re ready to pour some artificial sweetener into your coffee, you might want to take a second to…

New Jersey Winery Fighting New Jersey Turnpike Authority Over Logo Trademark

The state of New Jersey (the “Garden State”) is known for many things — among them Springsteen, Sinatra, beaches, chemical…

Thomson Reuters Sells CompuMark, MarkMonitor, and Thomson IP Manager

Thomson CompuMark (and its SAEGIS and Serion brands), MarkMonitor, and Thomson IP Manager were among the assets subject to a…

Where Are All the Cocktail Trademarks?

Have you ever wondered why only a handful of cocktail names are trademarked? The Dark ‘N Stormy and the Painkiller…

Corsearch Answers WHOIS the Owner of a Domain Name with Latest SaaS Product Release

Today marks the launch of Corsearch Domain Vigilance, a fast and convenient domain investigation tool that uncovers hidden risks across…

Welsh Company Wins “Veggings” Trademark Dispute

After reading that headline, you’re most likely wondering what “veggings” are, right? First, a hint. Veggings are an item of…

Universal Faces $40 Million Trademark Lawsuit Over New “Chocolate Emporium”

On Monday, the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen restaurant opened for previews at theme park Universal Orlando in…

Designer Alexander Wang Awarded $90 Million in Trademark and Cybersquatting Case

A US District Court judge awarded fashion designer Alexander Wang $90 million in damages in a trademark counterfeiting and cybersquatting…

Munich Applies to EUIPO for Oktoberfest Trademark

It’s the second time around for the City of Munich Germany’s trademark application for the term “Oktoberfest.” The first time…

Just Desserts: The Short and Sweet of Trade Dress Litigation

Cookies, candies, and other goodies are not just childhood pleasures; they’re big business as well. Food producers pour substantial resources…

US Department of Homeland Security Files Opposition to “Coast Guard” Beer

Remember all that griping that there aren’t any names left for new beer brands? Well, the choice of the name…

Heart Design Spurs Cosmetics Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

Singer Katy Perry’s CoverGirl cosmetics product line launched recently at Walmart and is already facing a trademark infringement suit from…

Alcoholic Beverage Brand Ranking Puts South Korea’s Jinro Soju in First Place

The South Korean brand Jinro soju was ranked #1 in the list of top-selling alcoholic beverage brands released by the…

New York Fashion Week Trademark Fight Goes On As Event Nears

There’s a new development in the ongoing trademark dispute between WME-IMG and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)…

KFC Being Sued for Using Spanish Version of “Finger-lickin’ Good”

A Santa Ana, California taqueria is suing fast food chain KFC for using the phrase “para chuparse los dedos” — which translates…

2016 Brand Anniversaries Update: More Congratulations Are in Order!

Thanks to some attentive T+B readers, we’ve got some important updates to our brand anniversaries post that we published earlier…

Are You Pronouncing Brand Names Correctly?

UK-based plastic card-maker Oomph put together a fun infographic called, “Have You Been Pronouncing These 30 Brand Names Incorrectly?” Many…

Trademark Registered for Super Mario Bros. Chime Sound

Last year, Nintendo celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Super Mario Bros. video game and now the company has finally…

Dueling Polo Player Logos: Polo Ralph Lauren Appeal Dismissed in Singapore

Polo Ralph Lauren’s appeal in Singapore to block the United States Polo Association’s (USPA) black-and-white trademark of two polo players…

Fashion Trademark News: Cavalli, Gucci, Draper James, and NY Fashion Week

Just as Paris Fashion Week wraps up, let’s take a look at some recent fashion trademark stories. Italian fashion designer…

“The Met” Logo Unhinges Critics in a Change of Identity

One of the most venerable institutions in the United States, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is dramatically changing…

Burberry Files Trademark Infringement Suit Against J. C. Penney

We’re in the midst of New York Fashion Week, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t include a fashion-related trademark…

Honey Badger DOES Care … About Trademarks

Remember the good old days of viral videos, before cats started playing keyboards . . . when animals did animal-like…

Trademark Symbol Usage in TV & Print News Media — Yea or Nay?

Film awards are being given out fast and furiously at this time of year, but we’re still about one month…

Brand Anniversaries Set for Celebration in 2016

Each year we take a look at which brand anniversaries are being celebrated around the globe and some of the…

Stolichnaya Vodka Trademark Dispute Revived by Appeals Decision

A recent appeals court decision has reignited the issue of who owns the trademark for Stolichnaya vodka. Since the breakup…

Apple Expands Beats Trademarks

For those of you old enough to remember bandleader Lawrence Welk, Apple’s gone the route of his “a one an'…

Another Color Trademark: Orange Is the New . . .

Many brands seem to “own” colors (think UPS brown and Tiffany & Co. blue), but brand recognition from the use…

NFL Wins Fight Over Parody Marijuana Leaf Steelers’ Logo

A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based pro-marijuana group bowed to pressure from the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers over use of a three-leaf…

Court Ruling Focuses on Brand Owners’ Duty to Police Its Own Marks

Back in 2010, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences sued the internet domain registrar and hosting service, GoDaddy,…

Conducting Figurative Trademark Searches: A Notoriously Difficult Task

When Airbnb, the lodging marketplace, debuted its new logo last year, some keen observers said that it looked an awful…