There are at least two kinds of buzz converging at the moment (perhaps three), especially for fashion forward and fit oriented trademark types here in Minneapolis.

On the one hand, with the holidays upon us it’s hard to avoid the barrage of billboard ads in the Minneapolis skyway promoting the first brick and mortar entry

German-based Puma S.E. brought a trademark infringement lawsuit — based on the similarity of the cat logos — against Minnesota-based Arctic Cat, in the Northern District of Illinois at the end of last year (copy of complaint is here).

As we have written about before, sometimes the substance and merits of a

When accused of trademark infringement by popular designer Fendi, Burlington Coat Factory attempted to defend the lawsuit by raising the affirmative defense of “naked licensing.” Do not let the thought provoking name fool you. The doctrine has nothing to do with disrobing. Instead, the doctrine is designed to prevent confusion by consumers as to the source of

–Sharon Armstrong, Attorney

At the risk of giving the readers of this blog the wrong impression about my tastes in entertainment, I have to mention the MTV show Jersey Shore. In just a few months, this reality television series about a group of proud New Jerseyans (or Jersyeites?) living at a beach house in

Reverse confusion trademark infringement claims are sometimes reminiscent of the well-known biblical story of David versus Goliath.  This doctrine basically protects smaller, lesser known, trademark owners whose trademarks are infringed upon by large multi-national companies with gigantic advertising budgets.  You may want to check out a few prior posts on DuetsBlog relating to Lion’s Tap