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Green Bay Packers Enforce “Titletown” Mark Against High School Football News Series

Posted in Articles, Branding, Dilution, Fair Use, Famous Marks, Infringement, Mixed Bag of Nuts, Sight, Trademarks, TTAB, USPTO

Tis’ the season for football, not just on the gridiron, but also at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Shortly after the “Minneapolis Miracle,” as we reported this week, the Minnesota Vikings applied for registered marks on the phrase. And with the “big game” approaching, teams have titles on the mind–even those that aren’t in… Continue Reading

¿Por Que, JUANITO FÚTBOL?

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Fair Use, Famous Marks, Fashion, Infringement, Social Media, Trademarks, TTAB, USPTO

-Wes Anderson, Attorney In the fall of 2012, an upstart freshman quarterback at Texas A&M named Johnny Manziel earned the moniker “Johnny Football” during an incredible season, leading the Aggies to a number of huge wins. Yet after three years, a Heisman Trophy, and a shaky rookie season in the NFL, Manziel has yet to secure… Continue Reading

Does the United States Patent and Trademark Office Perpetuate Sexism in Branding?

Posted in Advertising, Branding, First Amendment, Guest Bloggers, Marketing, Mixed Bag of Nuts, Trademarks, TTAB, USPTO

– Draeke Weseman, Weseman Law Office, PLLC Now the dilemma…what to name the place. Simple. What else brings a gleam to men’s eyes everywhere besides beer, chicken wings and an occasional winning football season? Hence the name Hooters. Supposedly they were into owls. Strange. — Hooters  This NFL season, civil rights advocates continue to make… Continue Reading

Blue 42. Set. Trademark! I mean, Hike!

Posted in Articles, Branding, Fair Use, Famous Marks, First Amendment, Goodwill, Non-Traditional Trademarks, Product Configurations, Sound, Squirrelly Thoughts, Television, Touch, Trademarks, USPTO

Can you feel it? All around the country, fields are being groomed, stenciled, and painted. Tonight, the college football season begins with Georgia State taking on Abilene Christian in what could be a preview of one of hundreds of games that most of us don’t really care about. But like so many fans around the country, I’ll… Continue Reading

The True Meaning of C [hristmas]

Posted in Branding, Dilution, Famous Marks, Goodwill, Infringement, Marketing, Squirrelly Thoughts, Trademarks, TTAB, USPTO

Yes, it has finally arrived: the end of December. Whether you’re someone who views the day as bitter sweet, dreading the day when the dirty looks from your neighbors force you to finally take down your decorations in February, or whether you were ready for it all to be the over the very moment you… Continue Reading

EA Sports Gives Up Its Exclusive License to Make College Football Games

Posted in Mixed Bag of Nuts

– Derek Allen, Attorney – For many avid sports gamers, December 13, 2004 is a day that will live in infamy.  On that date, EA Sports, makers of the longstanding Madden franchise, inked a deal with the NFL that would allow EA, and only EA, to produce video games depicting real NFL teams and players.  At the time, many thought… Continue Reading

Clowning Around With Catch Phrase Trademarks

Posted in Trademarks

As some of you may have noticed, one my esteemed colleagues, Jonathan Applebaum, recently wrote an entertaining and informative post regarding Major League Baseball Player Bryce Harper’s efforts to trademark the phrase, “That’s a clown question, bro.”  This was just the most recent example of so called catch phrase trademarks where people have tried to… Continue Reading

Honoring Randy Moss Doesn’t Make It Fair Use

Posted in Advertising, Famous Marks, Food, Goodwill, Infringement, Marketing, Trademarks

This little gem arrived yesterday, basically an email promotion for this weekend, featuring Randy Moss and celebrating his return to the Minnesota Vikings: Of course, I’m thrilled too, that Randy Moss has returned to play ball in Minnesota, but that doesn’t mean we forget all about his legal rights (name, image, likeness, right of publicity, to name a few),… Continue Reading

To Sponsor or Ambush?

Posted in Advertising, Infringement

–Susan Perera, Attorney The World Cup has come to a close. Have you fallen into football withdrawal? Well don’t despair, I thought we could enjoy it a bit longer with a discussion of ambush marketing and some of the advertising campaigns that came out of this year’s championship. Clearly, major sporting events are financed largely by sponsorships,… Continue Reading

Are You Ready For Some Football (Ads)?

Posted in Branding

— Karen Brennan, Attorney Well, even though the Vikings didn’t make it, I am still looking forward to the Super Bowl – for the commercials.  I am sure I am not alone in my excitement.  In fact, there are numerous Web sites dedicated to the best Super Bowl commercials, such as this one which chronicles… Continue Reading

From Trademark to Tin God: Long Live the King?

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Food, Genericide, Loss of Rights, Marketing, Television, Trademarks

A few years ago, the world was introduced to arguably the creepiest fast food mascot of all time: The King.  For many of us, this introduction came courtesy of a frightening commercial suggesting that we "Wake Up With The King."  Over the following years, TK expanded his popularity.  He went from our bedrooms to our… Continue Reading