–Dan Kelly, Attorney

After a nearly four-year run, I am hanging up my keyboard as a regular contributor to DuetsBlog. I have accepted new employment, so I am bidding bon voyage to Winthrop & Weinstine, and with it, my regular writing here. In my blogging career here, I have written some 140 posts on a

–Dan Kelly, Attorney

Long time DuetsBlog readers may recall the lawsuit between Spin Master and Zobmondo regarding infringement of the “Would You Rather…?” trademark. Prior DuetsBlog coverage is here and here. The jury is in, literally, and unanimously found that the Would You Rather…? trademark is protectable and that Zobmondo infringed it to the

–Dan Kelly, Attorney

The U.S. Navy seems to have cleared all necessary hurdles to register the camouflage pattern to the right as a trademark for use in connection with uniforms and fabrics.  Among the many hurdles that the Navy cleared, one is a refusal on the basis of “ornamentation,” or failure of the proposed design

–Dan Kelly, Attorney

A couple of weeks ago, Forrester Research issued a report called “The Purchase Path of Online Buyers in 2012.”  The report has a great deal of interesting information, two pieces of which underscore points I have hammered here for a while.  First, the report notes that “[d]irect traffic is critical to sales:”

–Dan Kelly, Attorney

Meet my trusty GE Electronic Digital FM/AM Clock Radio, Model No. 7-4624:

I don’t know if I can pinpoint it exactly, but this puppy has been with me for somewhere along the lines of twenty-eight years. It has been with me through junior high, high school, college, teaching, law school, lawyerdom, marriage,

–Dan Kelly, Attorney

A long time ago, I heard an anecdote in which one person asked another, “Why can’t we just mandate that air travel be 99.9% safe?” The response: “If air travel were only 99.9% safe, there would be three accidents a day at O’Hare alone.”

I thought of this anecdote a few days

–Dan Kelly, Attorney

I’m speaking of the e-mail variety of spam.  I had occasion recently to ask some tech-savvy folks if they knew the origin of the word “spam” as applied to voluminous, unwanted e-mail.  Most did not.

I am aware that a few stories have been floated on the etymology of spam as applied