In Monday’s decision in the newly minted Matal v. Tam case, the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit decision that the Trademark Office’s refusal to register THE SLANTS mark on disparagement grounds was unconstitutional. Many were not surprised by this decision, foreshadowed in part by the transcript of the January oral argument where the justices… Continue Reading
When an application has been refused registration in view of another’s prior filed mark, one way to resolve the issue is through a consent agreement wherein the registrant consents to the registration and the parties set out the reasons why the parties believe that there is no likelihood of consumer confusion between the marks. A… Continue Reading
We’ve spilled a lot of digital ink here over the past several years discussing the protection of non-traditional trademarks. We’ve also written about the importance of layering various intellectual property rights (trademark, copyright, and patent) to accomplish the competitive goals of a business. And, we’ve enjoyed writing about non-traditional vodka branding here and here. Today,… Continue Reading
Love the simplicity of this comparative vodka advertisement: Fair use by Platinka? Sorry Grey Goose, I think so. Dear readers, do you agree?
Does the thought of Cristal with ice sound weird to you? Yeah, it did to me too – until I went to Mexico. I am not a discerning champagne purchaser, but I’m familiar with a few well-known champagne brands like Moet, Cristal and Dom Perignon. I can thank Jay-Z for some of that (You can’t… Continue Reading
Last week, Works Design Group highlighted five vodka bottle designs to love. No doubt, a nice collection of very creative work. This stacked ice cube design is my favorite from their set: The skull bottle design shown below also made Works’ top five, and it is certainly eye-popping. It was created by John Alexander, Dan Aykroyd’s co-founder of… Continue Reading