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P. Diddy Has Something to Sing About

Posted in Trademarks

Sean Combs (also known as P. Diddy or just plain Diddy) is on a roll. His record with Usher entitled DIRTY MONEY was a hit and was nominated for a 2011 MTV Europe Music Award: “Best World Stage.” In connection therewith, P. Diddy sought to register the mark DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY for many categories ranging from… Continue Reading

Dueling Beauty Queens

Posted in Trademarks

Over the weekend I was shopping for a full-length gown to wear to a charity event in August.  I found a beautiful green Badgley Mischka gown.  It was even on sale, much to my delight.  So I may have been feeling like a beauty pageant contestant when I chose my blog post topic for today. … Continue Reading

YSL Has a Friend in Its Battle with Christian Louboutin

Posted in Law Suits

We have previously blogged about the battle over Christian Louboutin’s (“Louboutin’s”) trademark registration for lacquered red soled shoes that is taking place in New York and is now before the Second Circuit. Friends of the Court (the Latin meaning of the phrase amici curiae) that have weighed in on Louboutin’s side include both Tiffany & Co…. Continue Reading

Obama Campaign Sues to Protect Trademarks

Posted in Law Suits

President Obama campaigned hard to win his presidency.  Only a trademark attorney would ignore his excellent oratory skills and attribute his success to his campaign trademarks. However, even pundits attribute some of President Obama’s success to his use of social networking and marketing prowess. In connection with his campaign, President Obama for America (“OFA”) registered several trademarks… Continue Reading

The “Situation” is Creating a Situation

Posted in Law Suits, Trademarks

I recently blogged about Trademarks held by and registered to the Kardashians. Another popular reality show is “Jersey Shore” that follows the lives of eight twenty-something roommates initially at the Jersey Shore (hence the name of the show), but also living in Miami and Italy during seasons 2 and 4. They are known for their partying,… Continue Reading

Social Media Giant Sued for Trademark Infringement (Again)

Posted in Infringement, Trademarks

Several months ago, I remarked that the social networking industry is a fertile ground for trademark battles. See “Two Degrees Of Separation From Justin Timberlake.” In my prior post, I discussed the fact that Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”) had sued Teachbook.com LLC alleging various claims including federal trademark infringement, dilution, false designation of origin and others. Last month, the… Continue Reading

Kardashian/Jenner Trademarks

Posted in Trademarks

As our Minnesota-born Kris Humphries has now married into the Kardashian Klan, I thought I would check out what trademarks his in-laws have registered. Mother-in-law Kris Jenner (formerly Kardashian) has built an empire for her family. She manages the careers of her daughters through the company Jenner Communications that is very active in branding. Attorney Jennifer K Craft… Continue Reading

Two Degrees Separation from Justin Timberlake

Posted in Law Suits

Justin Timberlake was featured in recent movies about Facebook (i.e., Oscar nominated The Social Network) and a movie about teachers who may use Teachbook (i.e., Bad Teacher with former girlfriend Cameron Diaz). Ironically, he is therefore somewhat connected to both parties in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Illinois (closer than the six degrees… Continue Reading

English Company Loses to Magic Kingdom

Posted in Infringement, Law Suits, Trademarks

English Company THOIP asserted its rights to a family of unregistered trademarks in a children’s book series involving cartoon characters called “Mr. Men” and “Little Miss” by suing the king of the cartoon characters—Walt Disney Company (and related companies). The products at the center of the dispute are t-shirts. You may have seen Britney Spears… Continue Reading

The Designer of Everyone’s Favorite Red Heeled Shoes Sues to Protect His Empire

Posted in Famous Marks, Law Suits, Trademarks

French designer Christian Louboutin is one of the most exciting high fashion shoe designers in the world. Initially, he developed his now famous trademarked Red Sole Mark shoes. by merely using red nail polish on the bottom of a shoe nineteen years ago. In August 2006, he registered the mark described as “The color(s) red is/are claimed… Continue Reading

Smartphone Mania Has Resulted in IP Activity

Posted in Branding, Law Suits, Trademarks

The smartphone market is very litigious. Taiwanese company HTC Corporation (“HTC”) filed a declaratory judgment action against Samsung in Washington last week. The lawsuit came on the heels of receiving a cease and desist letter from Samsung regarding HTC’s “Inspire” line 4G android cell phones. In its lawsuit, HTC seeks a judgment that it can use the “Inspire”… Continue Reading

The Value of Intellectual Property Survives Death

Posted in Branding, Copyrights, Law Suits, Trademarks

The “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, is earning big money even after his death. To protect this income and value of his brand, a week ago, Michael Jackson’s estate brought suit in California against his mother’s business partner, alleging infringement of the valuable rights to Michael Jackson’s likeness, image, copyrights, trademarks (See Dan Kelly’s post on… Continue Reading

eBay is Embroiled in More Intellectual Property Disputes

Posted in Infringement, Law Suits, Trademarks

Many people will access eBay this month to purchase that special gift for the holidays. In doing so, there are many products listed on eBay that are associated with valuable trademarks.    In a previous blog post, “New York Provides No Assistance to ‘The Little Blue Box’ Company,” we informed you that a district court had found that… Continue Reading

Perfumers Need Trademarks

Posted in Famous Marks, Trademarks

As I was reading US magazine last weekend, I saw that Jennifer Aniston (my favorite “Friend”) launched her first perfume last month. She describes it as a combination of the ocean, sea air, blooming jasmine and tropical oils. I might have to try it. Our guest blogger Mark Prus recently discussed the perfume in his… Continue Reading

Rocker and Reality Star Settles Suit Regarding Trademark

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Band names are big merchandising business, including t-shirts, hats, posters and other paraphernalia.  When checking the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) website for other band trademarks, I was not surprised that the lead singer and savvy businessperson Jon Bon Jovi (a.k.a. John Bongiovi) owns the Bon Jovi® trademark himself. Eighties band REO Speedwagon set… Continue Reading