Following the Super Bowl, several applicants have already thrown their hats in the ring to secure exclusive rights to the phrase “PHILLY SPECIAL,” or a variation thereof, the likelihood of successfully making it past the goal line, in many cases, is slim.
The Federal Circuit held today that the U.S. trademark law’s ban on offensive and derogatory marks in unconstitutional, following a similar decision by the Supreme Court earlier this year.
Trademarks of the Future: What a Company’s Trademark Filing Do (and Don’t) Tell Us About a Company’s Future Plans
Everyone wants an early “scoop.” From journalists to excited fans to Wall Street investors, savvy researchers use public data to try to peak into the plans of companies from many different industries from video games to tech releases. Like other public data, a company’s trademark filings with the United States Patent and Trademark Office are [...]
Amazon Seller Waiting for Your Trademark to Register? 5 Things Amazon Sellers Should Do to Strengthen Their Brand While Waiting for Registration
Did you know? The average trademark application will take at least nine months to register with the United States Patent and Trademark Office It’s no secret that trademark registration takes time - the average application will take at least nine months to register with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This wait is [...]
by Josh Gerben, Esq. This is a potential threat alert. If you have received an email about intellectual property disputes regarding your domain name, you may be the target of a malicious e-mail. Our office has received several e-mails from multiple client's in the past 24-48 hours which look as follows: We have received Trademark [...]
On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted on a public referendum to leave the European Union. This referendum, known as “Brexit” (a combination of Britain & Exit) and has put the future of British trade with other European Union members in a state of turmoil. However, its effects could reach far outside of Europe, [...]
False DMCA Takedown Notices: Ninth Circuit Holds that Copyright Owners Must Consider Fair Use Before Issuing Take-Down Notices
By: Eric Perrott, Esq. A takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is often a cost-effective way to remove copyright-infringing content on the internet without having to get a court order. However, this has given rise to large and small companies alike sending false take-down notices, without considering factors like whether the alleged [...]
BREAKING NEWS: Federal Judge Orders the Cancellation of Washington Redskins Federal Trademark Registrations
In a near complete win for the Blackhorse defendants and the United States government, the Eastern District of Virginia granted summary judgement on almost all claims in favor of the defendants and ordered the cancellation of six of the Washington Redskins federal trademark registrations. The Eastern District held that the Redskins marks “may disparage” Native Americans. The [...]