It is easy for some to get all tied up in knots at the USPTO when facing challenging grounds for refusal against federal registration of a claimed non-traditional trademark. Not Bottega Veneta.

Last week the Swiss-owned fashion house and luxury brand was able to persuade the USPTO to approve for publication the three dimensional knot

Trademarks and branding are worth a lot of money to a company.  The Fourth Circuit recently addressed the serious issue of trademark counterfeiting.  This form of trademark infringement occurs when a company manufactures goods (or performs services) that are identical to those of the trademark owner, and then passes them off as the authentic goods

–Sharon Armstrong, Attorney

The Lanham Act prevents applicants from registering any of a number of words and devices as marks, including immoral or scandalous matter and flags or coats of arms.  In terms of the latter exclusion, such a prohibition makes sense; without it, for example, any merchant could use an American flag to hawk

About a week ago another interesting federal intellectual property case was filed in the District of Minnesota: Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc. v. Puffin Software et al.

Although the four count complaint includes a federal unfair competition claim, a Minnesota deceptive trade practices claim, and a common law unjust enrichment claim, the case really appears to be centered around the copyright