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Truncating an Underwear Brand: JK, JKY?

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Dilution, Famous Marks, Infringement, Marketing, Trademarks, Truncation, USPTO

As you know, we’ve spun a lot of fabric over the last few years on the topic of brand and trademark truncation. Marketers seem to love the informality, emotionality, and efficiency of truncated brand names. I suppose trademark types love them too, since they can have the tendency to spin off a variety of complicated legal issues — all… Continue Reading

Trademark Case to “Watch”: Rolex Sues Rollx Vans in Minnesota

Posted in Branding, Dilution, Domain Names, Famous Marks, Goodwill, Infringement, Law Suits, Marketing, Trademarks

          Another interesting trademark case was filed last Thursday in Minnesota federal district court, captioned Rolex Watch U.S.A., Inc. v. Associated Partnership Ltd., d/b/a Rollx Vans and d/b/a www.RollxVans.com. Here is a pdf of the Complaint and the attached Exhibit. The crowned plaintiff really needs no introduction. On the other hand, the defendant Rollx Vans is… Continue Reading

Nominative Fair Use?

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Dilution, Fair Use, Famous Marks, Infringement, Marketing, Trademarks

I have asked the question before about the Google brand appearing in a Rapala billboard ad, here. I have asked it when 3M’s Post-It note appeared in an Accountemps billboard ad, here and here. Now I’m asking it again with a different brand and a different billboard ad: Does Morrie’s Automotive Group’s use of the Match.com brand… Continue Reading

New York Court Provides No Assistance To “The Little Blue Box” Company

Posted in Counterfeits, Dilution, Infringement, International, Product Packaging, Sight, Trademarks

I, like most women, want a present in a little blue box from Tiffany & Company (a/k/a Tiffany & Co.) This is not just because the company bears my name (I only wish I were an owner of the company), but because Tiffany & Co.’s exquisite jewelry is associated with the fabulous blue box.  Tiffany &… Continue Reading