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Microsoft’s New Battle: Toads

Posted in Branding, Famous Marks, Trademarks, USPTO

It isn’t often that Forbes and Arcade Sushi are reporting on the same story. But some news is so big, so ground breaking, and so important that all media outlets cannot, in good moral consciousness, fail to comply with their duty to inform the public. Obviously, I’m talking about Microsoft’s potential reboot of the Battletoads… Continue Reading

A Fluid Family of Trademarks?

Posted in Articles, Branding, Dilution, Famous Marks, Food, Infringement, Law Suits, Trademarks, TTAB

John Welch over at the TTABlog recently reported that oral argument will be heard by the TTAB later this month in McDonald’s opposition of McSweet LLC’s application to federally register McSweet for pickled vegetable products. It appears many resources have been invested on both sides of this battle for more than six years; it is unclear… Continue Reading

BAND-AID, TM Death by a Thousand Cuts?

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Famous Marks, Genericide, Loss of Rights, Marketing, Trademarks, Truncation

If you were a Band-Aid brand adhesive bandage, and you were cut, would you protect yourself? Brent, sorry I couldn’t help myself, I’m still enjoying your Louis Vuitton waffle-maker post. With that intro, let’s turn another page to the Genericide Watch category, here at DuetsBlog: In focusing attention on the first item in the list shown above, to the… Continue Reading

Who Owns a Dead Brand?

Posted in Branding, Goodwill, Guest Bloggers, Loss of Rights, Marketing, Trademarks, TTAB

- John Reinan, Senior Director at Fast Horse, a Minneapolis marketing agency I love “orphan” cars — the marques that have gone out of business. Most of them are barely remembered by Baby Boomers, much less anyone younger. Packard, Hudson, Nash, Studebaker, Willys – these and other automakers often were stylistically and technically more advanced… Continue Reading

Managing The Legal Risk of “Verbing Up” Brands and Trademarks

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Domain Names, Genericide, Loss of Rights, Marketing, Trademarks

Trademark lawyers need to face the facts. Despite decades of ardent counseling to the contrary, business executives and marketers are not only testing the waters with the treatment of their most valuable brands as verbs, in some cases, they are diving in head first, committing substantial resources and effort toward the clearly stated goal of "verbing up" and having their brands used as verbs by… Continue Reading

Tavern on the Green Trademark Saga Continues

Posted in Goodwill, Trademarks

On December 9, 2009, I blogged about the trademark issues surrounding the famous Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park. Well, the New York landmark officially closed shortly after midnight on December 31, 2009, after a blow-out party for 1,700 on New Years Eve. The New York Times reported on the items currently being auctioned to… Continue Reading

Shopping for a Trademark

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Trademarks

Are you shopping for a trademark? Stores spend lots of money branding their names. Accordingly, many register their store names as trademarks.   Over Thanksgiving while shopping in Turkey,  I saw the store front sign Inci®. I thought it was unique because you do not often see the ® on a store front sign. For example, you do… Continue Reading

The Looming Danger of Modernizing a Trademark

Posted in Almost Advice, Branding, Loss of Rights, Trademarks

Recently, UnderConsideration’s Brand New blog commented on the new logo adopted by Much Music. After 10 years of using MUCHMOREMUSIC, the logo was changed to MUCHMORE. The new logo is aesthetically more pleasing, but the change raises an important issue. Modernizing old logos can result in abandonment of the old mark, which means a loss of all trademark rights… Continue Reading