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We’re Nine, That’s Lots of Blogging Birthdays!

Posted in Articles, Branding, Guest Bloggers, Marketing, Trademarks

Can you believe it? Nine times, we’ve celebrated our birthday with you (our amazing readers and supporters) — it all started with Dr. No and the Parade of Horribles; then a Seth milestone here. A Ron milestone there. We’ve hardly taken a day off, much less skipped a class, or been called out as absent from any serious discussion on any… Continue Reading

The Top 10 IP Issues Troubling PR Pros

Posted in Articles, Branding, Copyrights

That was the substance of my talk last Friday in St. Louis at the Public Relations Society of America’s 2015 Midwest District Conference. A great conference, lots of talent in the house. One of the attendees had very high praise, remarking afterwards that it was “the best presentation on IP” she has experienced — “very… Continue Reading

A New Generation of Storytelling: Getting a Grip on The New Pepsi Bottle Design

Posted in Branding, Food, Loss of Rights, Marketing, Non-Traditional Trademarks, Product Packaging, Trademarks

The importance of “storytelling” seems to be the buzzword lately when it comes to branding communications and decisions. For example, last August Branding Strategy Insider wrote that “Brands Must Master the Art of Storytelling,” and just last week it wrote twice on the subject, about “Shared Values in Brand Storytelling” and “5 Pillars for Brand Storytelling Success.”… Continue Reading

Brilliant Trademark Advice or Baloney?

Posted in Almost Advice, Genericide, Marketing, Trademark Bullying, Trademarks

A few bits of trademark advice recently passed across my screen from The Marketing Blog: Turning Entrepreneurs Into Marketers — advice that I believe deserves some friendly comment and critique, leaving you to decide whether any of it rises to the level of brilliant trademark advice or sinks to the level of trademark baloney: “Trademark as you go. Don’t wait… Continue Reading

Smartphone Mania Has Resulted in IP Activity

Posted in Branding, Law Suits, Trademarks

The smartphone market is very litigious. Taiwanese company HTC Corporation (“HTC”) filed a declaratory judgment action against Samsung in Washington last week. The lawsuit came on the heels of receiving a cease and desist letter from Samsung regarding HTC’s “Inspire” line 4G android cell phones. In its lawsuit, HTC seeks a judgment that it can use the “Inspire”… Continue Reading

Wanted: IP Attorney

Posted in Mixed Bag of Nuts

As you may have guessed from our announcement yesterday, in bidding farewell to our talented colleague and fellow-blogger Karen Brennan, we are looking for someone who can attempt to fill Karen’s shoes as an associate attorney in the Intellectual Property Department at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. Our posting for the position on Bench & Bar of Minnesota is here. If you’re up to the… Continue Reading

Farewell to Karen Brennan

Posted in Mixed Bag of Nuts

It is with great sorrow that we bid farewell to Karen Brennan, who is moving on to greener in-house pastures, as Corporate IP Counsel with United Health Group. Having said that, we fully recognize it is a wonderful and significant opportunity for Karen, so we wish her the very best in her new position. We will miss Karen’s significant… Continue Reading

Trademark Bully Update: IPO Says Not a Problem

Posted in Famous Marks, Goodwill, Infringement, Law Suits, Trademark Bullying, Trademarks

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) submitted its comments last Friday in response to the USPTO’s recent invitation for input on whether “trademark bullying” is a problem. In response to the USPTO’s key question “Do you think trademark ‘bullies’ are currently a problem for trademark owners, and if so, how significant is the problem?” IPO… Continue Reading

Intellectual Property for Cocktails?

Posted in Trademarks

–Sharon Armstrong, Attorney A recent post on the Freakonomics blog at the New York Times combined two of my favorite things in life – intellectual property and cocktails. “The Creative Cocktail” specifically discusses the creativity to be found in the new cocktail scene – including bars designed like prohibition-era speakeasies, farm-fresh ingredients, artisanal details in every… Continue Reading