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Tag Archives: Ford

New v. Old: Was Tesla’s Model E Blocked by the Model T?

Posted in Agreements, Branding, Famous Marks, Squirrelly Thoughts, Trademarks, USPTO

It’s a rare phenomenon in the 21st century when a US start-up car company can make commercially viable vehicles essentially from scratch, let alone one using new technology and bucking the dealership model.  Tesla’s been in the news a lot recently – fires, new lithium battery factories in the US (curiously the largest lithium deposits… Continue Reading

Coca-Cola Open for Co-Branding?

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Fair Use, Food, Infringement, Marketing, Non-Traditional Trademarks, Product Configurations, Sight, Trademarks

By now you know how much I love the Coca-Cola brand and advertising, and this beautiful gem of a billboard is no exception: What I’m left wondering is whether consumers might view this as a co-branding campaign between Coca-Cola and Ford, and whether Coca-Cola felt the need to obtain permission from Ford to depict the back… Continue Reading

The Road Rules

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Marketing, SoapBox, Trademarks

I’m a car aficionado, but in my opinion and without mincing words, car commercials are boring.  With few exceptions like the Young Vader ad from VW from the Super Bowl a few years ago, car commercials are stale and, more than any other genre, lack what I consider to be the “umami” of ads –… Continue Reading

Will Consumers See Through Invisible Branding?

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Marketing, Trademarks

Last week, Jack Ellis of World Trademark Review, did a very interesting piece on something called “invisible branding”: “Trademark-free marketing: should other companies follow Ford?” In it, Ellis explores Ford Motor Company’s recent decision to utilize no trademark or brand references in Ford’s “Go Further” advertising campaign. It is interesting timing for Ford to go stealth without its… Continue Reading

Chevy Silverado Super Bowl Ad

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Fair Use, False Advertising, Food, Loss of Rights, Marketing, Television, Trademarks

Absorbing all the television commercials in between football action on the field can be as much fun on Super Bowl Sunday as the actual game itself, at least for trademark and marketing types, especially when your favorite team isn’t even on the field. One of my personal favorites from this past weekend’s Super Bowl XLVI was 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

More On The Fordless Blue Oval

Posted in Branding, Dilution, Famous Marks, Marketing, Non-Traditional Trademarks, Sight, Trademarks

What do you think, is Overstock.com selling bling with the Fordless blue oval logo? As you may recall from my post back in September, Ford Motor Company is attempting to register the below shown non-verbal logo as a trademark for a variety of goods in Int’l Class 12: And, as you may recall from Dan’s I See Blue Ovals post… Continue Reading

You See Blue Ovals, I See 3D Spheres

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Famous Marks, Guest Bloggers, Marketing, Sight, Trademarks

I must admit, I was quite intrigued by Dan Kelly’s Duets blog entry “I See Blue Ovals” (August 28, 2009). It got me thinking about some of the trends occurring in logo design today. My 20+ years in the world of branding has witnessed a few notable changes. Perhaps the most significant is the application of… Continue Reading

I See Blue Ovals

Posted in Branding, Dilution, Famous Marks, Food, Marketing, Non-Traditional Trademarks, Trademarks

–Dan Kelly, Attorney I think Steve once remarked something to the effect that the Internet is employment security for trademark attorneys.  Road tripping is too.  On one such recent occasion, my wife remarked on the similarity of Culver’s blue oval signage to Ford’s famous blue oval. Obviously, there is no issue here from a trademark infringement standpoint.  Culver’s… Continue Reading