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Beer Brand Battles: David Takes on City Hall (with Goliath on the sidelines)

Posted in Copyrights, Fair Use, Food, Infringement, Trademarks, USPTO

The City of Portland is known as a hub for craft beer, and its local government couldn’t be prouder. The Travel Portland website proudly proclaims that Portland is “home to more breweries than any other city on earth.” Yet the city’s relationship with the local craft beer scene is not so bubbly at the moment,… Continue Reading

Yosemite: The Park, the Name, and the Lawsuit

Posted in Contracts, Fair Use, Goodwill, Infringement, Loss of Rights, Trademarks

Tunnel View – Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 As the saying goes, possession is nine-tenths of the law. That other tenth can be pretty complicated, depending on what you’re “possessing.”   When you’re arguing with an older brother over who “possesses” the remote control, it’s an open and shut case. But what about “possession”… Continue Reading

Single-Letter Trademark Battles: Who Gets the W for “W”?

Posted in Advertising, AlphaWatch, Articles, Branding, Fair Use, Infringement, Social Media, Trademark Bullying, Trademarks, TTAB, USPTO

-Wes Anderson, Attorney How much trouble can a double-U make?  If you’ve been following this blog over the years, you know the answer: quite a lot. This blog has written extensively on the trials and tribulations that may accompany single-letter trademark applications, and the letter “W” in particular.  You may then conclude, quite correctly, that… Continue Reading

And the Grammy for Most Likely to Receive a DMCA Notice Goes to…

Posted in Audio, Copyrights, Fair Use, First Amendment, Infringement, Social Media

Last Sunday was “Music’s Biggest Night,” at least according to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). I haven’t watched many Grammy Award shows, but the possibility of seeing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performing together was enough for me to tune in, at least for a few minutes. I wasn’t paying particularly close… Continue Reading

The IP in Twitter’s IPO

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Genericide, Marketing, Patents, Social Media, Social Networking, Trademarks

Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Wall Street is aflutter as Thursday marks the latest in social media IPOs – Twitter…and we all remember how well Facebook’s IPO went. Pricing for IPOs involves an assessment of the company’s assets (including its intellectual property portfolio), liabilities, and current and potential revenue.  As many of you savvy marketing folks… Continue Reading

Breaking Bad News for Breaking Bad Fans

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Dilution, Fair Use, Food, Goodwill, Infringement, Marketing, Mixed Bag of Nuts, Television, Trademarks

When I was eight I had a perfect plan to create a multi-million dollar business: a company that sold pet turtle kits that came with miniature nunchucks, swords, and ninja costumes. Back then though it was more difficult to tap into Angel networks and, although great friends, my core group of investors unfortunately turned out to… Continue Reading

The MPAA and the Midwives, and Other Cautionary Tales

Posted in Copyrights, Fair Use, First Amendment, Infringement, Law Suits, Social Media, Trademark Bullying, Trademarks

As we all know, The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has long taken an active role in the debate regarding the advantages and disadvantages of traditional midwifery and modern medical views regarding childbirth. That’s what Rosemary’s Baby was all about, right? Well, the MPAA filed an amicus brief yet again in a lawsuit between… Continue Reading

The Wine Menagerie

Posted in Trademarks

–Sharon Armstrong, Attorney Kingsley Amis, that lauded British humorist and man of letters, once said that “a German wine label is one of the things life’s too short for, a daunting testimony to that peculiar nation’s love of detail and organization.” Indeed, as a recent article in the Wall Street Journal points out, it wasn’t so… Continue Reading

Serving Lawsuits With Your Morning Orange Juice

Posted in Infringement, Law Suits

–Susan Perera, Attorney Do these containers seem similar to you? Confusingly similar? That is what Coca-Cola, owner of Simply Orange, is claiming.  In a recently filed trade dress and patent infringement suit Coca-Cola claims that its Simply Orange container is nonfunctional, contains a patented closure lid, and the new Trop50 packaging is likely to deceive and… 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

Unauthorized Use Double Whammy?

Posted in Infringement

–Susan Perera, Attorney Always on the look out for interesting shopping finds, my husband snapped these photos of a product at a local Lands End store last week.  I couldn’t find the backpack on their website to get any further information about it but I do find this use of BMW pretty interesting. We often… Continue Reading

Power to the People

Posted in Branding, Product Packaging, Trademarks

–Sharon Armstrong, Attorney Early on in the days of the blog, I wrote a post about Method cleaning products and my fascination with the fact that cleaning products could have not only fans, but vocal, proud fans. To me, Method has always taken a “hey, we’re all in this together” approach to marketing, as evidenced by… Continue Reading

A Parody Is Forever?

Posted in Advertising, Idea Protection, Marketing, Television

Recently, a new Verizon commercial caught my eye.  Perhaps you’ve seen it: This immediately reminded me of a circa 1993 (has it really been that long?) De Beers commercial (seen here).  Apparently, this is one of at least two Verizon commercials intended to "spoof" some of the classic, well-known commercials from our past.  My immediate reaction, to these… Continue Reading

Virtually Infringed

Posted in Advertising, Infringement

The overlap of virtual reality and intellectual property is a relatively recent phenomenon. The advent of virtual worlds, such as Second Life, has created increased opportunities for legitimate marketing and branding, as well as, increased opportunities for infringement. Second Life even has its own bar association for those interested in virtual legal practice. If you… Continue Reading