–Catlan McCurdy, Attorney

Bored one evening in college and watching re-runs of Seinfeld, a friend and I devised what we thought to be a pretty ingenious game. Be the first to correctly guess the brand behind the commercial and ye shall be declared the winner. Loser drinks.  Before you start judging, just remember that

The current series of advertising billboards from Allianz — an international financial services company, with its parent company headquartered in Munich, Germany — are really wonderful, and their creativity inspired this post about brand name pronunciation. Here is one billboard example I recently captured in Minneapolis with my iPad, to the left.

How we pronounce

The Louboutin lacquered red sole trademark is the subject of great debate in the trademark world, fashion industry, popular news media, and among law school academics and friends of the court.

I’m just not seeing it. I really don’t see a viable trademark claim here for Louboutin. Not for the reasons