Famous celebrity chef Chloe Coscarelli (“Chloe”) and Tom Colicchio (“Colicchio”) started a new pop-up restaurant called “Supernatural” that is in the midst of a “food fight” or lawsuit with owners of the By Chloe restaurant Chloe originally founded but no longer has an ownership interest in. After receiving cease and desist letter from BCH Hospitality
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Although my initial career path was to be one of the Supremes (not the musically talented ones with platform shoes and sequins, but rather, the nine wearing sensible shoes and pressed black robes in DC), I will likely stay in Minnesota as I have never lived anywhere else (though I have traveled across many borders, including the pond, and various state lines).
My calling to the courtroom, led me to earn my law degree from the University of Minnesota, after receiving my undergraduate degree in Economics and Psychology from St. Olaf College. After law school, I quickly realized that I’m more at ease in the courtroom than in my own living room, so I became a litigator. Over the years, I have developed my own style of litigating (I’m trying to trademark it) and aggressively represent my clients whether I am protecting valuable intellectual property or tackling the interests of professional athletes. Although I am not as wacky or as flaky as Ally McBeal, litigation still holds its “entertainment value” after fifteen years in the profession. This year’s Valentine’s Day festivities are evidence (pun intended) of my passion — instead of celebrating the typical Valentine’s Day with dinner and roses, our litigation team celebrated the seventh anniversary of the then largest jury verdict in Minnesota. The verdict came after a nine year battle and, as a result, V-Day has now become known as “Verdict Day.” I’m hoping to rename more holidays soon.
Will Daenerys or Sansa Sit on The Iron Throne?
Does Sanas Health Practice Ltd. (“Sanas Health”) think that Daenerys or Sansa will win at the end of the wildly popular Game Of Thrones series and ultimately sit on the Iron Throne? Sanas Health filed two applications for the mark “QUEEN OF THRONES” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). Interestingly, the Applicant’s…
Beyoncé Done Battling Over Use Of Feyoncé
You may recall that DuetsBlog informed you in May of 2016 (here) that Beyoncé filed suit in New York federal court against a company and its owners who were using the mark Feyoncé on apparel and other products, such as mugs. She has now dismissed the lawsuit—likely based on a settlement (although the…
Will Warner Bros. Win the Wizard War?
I was not caught up in the wizardry of Harry Potter until last April when I saw “Harry Potter the Cursed Child” on Broadway.
Now I understand the importance of wizardry and the Harry Potter brand.
The most recent battle for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (“Warner Bros.”) is related to nine (9) applications it filed…
The New England Patriots Are Ready To Battle Off The Field
An NFL team and an NBA team are duking it out over trademarks with the word “UPRISING” to be used with eSports.
What is eSports you may ask? It is professional competitive video gaming. Anyone with a teenager has probably heard of Fortnite. Fortnite is a world-wide phenomenon. Over three nights during TwitchCon (which is a Fortnite competition), Fortnite averaged around 65,000 viewers per day across Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. However, there are also numerous other video games such as Hearthstone, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Star Craft II and Overwatch, among others. Indeed, Overwatch is related to the trademark dispute involving the owner of the New England Patriots.
The dispute involves the marks BOSTON UPRISING and NORTH UPRISING. Specifically, last month, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots Robert Kraft’s company, Kraft Group, filed a Notice of Opposition against an application filed by the NBA’s Toronto Raptors for the mark NORTH UPRISING (stylized) in connection with clothing and other merchandise that is to be used with video games. The Kraft Group alleges that the stylized mark in the application is similar in stylization and font of its applied for stylized mark for BOSTON UPRISING.…
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Dispute Over Bad Moms Mark
Florida start-up entity BAD MOMS, LLC beat the producer of the movie with the same name to the punch! Specifically, the company sued the producer for declaratory judgment and an injunction preventing the movie producer from using the mark in connection with any of the Florida company’s goods and services or those related thereto. Both…
UGG Is Not Synonymous With A Type of Boot
The popular UGG® branded sheepskin boots are at the heart of a dispute in the Northern District of Illinois. Deckers Outdoor Corp. (“Deckers”) owns 29 federal registrations for the trademark UGG in connection with numerous goods and services, including footwear, clothing, wallets, passport covers, plush toys and retail store services. The company also has four…
Battle Over Trademark in NOLA
The trademark ST. ROCH MARKET is at the heart of a dispute in New Orleans (aka NOLA). The City of New Orleans is battling in court with the current lessee of the building associated with the trademark.
ROCH MARKET has been associated with a popular market in New Orleans since 1875. Prior to Hurricane Katrina,…
How Might A Justice Kavanaugh Impact The USPTO?
Since last week, the internet has blown-up about what United States Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh might decide regarding issues coming before the Supreme Court if he joined the highest Court of the land. As a judge on the D.C. Circuit, Judge Kavanaugh has been skeptical about the authority of administrative agencies. This could…
Celebrity Protects His and His Son’s IP
DJ Khaled and his son’s company sued an online retailer named Curtis Bordenave and his company, Business Moves Consulting, Inc., alleging that they are illegally using his and his son Asahd’s intellectual property.
Most of you likely know who DJ Khaled is, but I had not heard of him before reading about this dispute. When…