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Las Vegas Golden Knights Trademark Filings Opposed by US Army

Launching a new sports franchise can be tough. Deciding on a name for that sports franchise? It may be even tougher. The U.S. Army filed an opposition against the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey franchise.

USPTO Will Likely Deny “NOprah” Trademark Application

In anticipation of a potential 2020 campaign, entrepreneurs have started making filing with the USPTO using Oprah's name. But under U.S. trademark law, they will almost certainty be rejected.

Trademark Ownership – Who Should Own Your Trademark?

While it may not seem obvious on the surface, the legal question of who owns a trademark registration is one of the crucial legal decisions made when registering and maintaining a trademark registration. It might seem obvious – “If I am the one who came up with the trademark, I am the owner.” However, like [...]

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 [...]

How to Choose a Trademark Attorney

Protecting your brand is one of the top priorities when starting a business or launching a new product or service. You have likely heard that hiring a trademark attorney can, according to one study, increase your chances of successfully registering your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. However, when you go to [...]

SCAM ALERT: Trademark Infringement Complaints Regarding Your Domain

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 [...]

Registering Your Domain Name Does Not Protect Your Trademark

This article deals with domain name registration and "use in commerce" requirements, generally. It is not legal advice on your individual situation and may not be relied on as legal advice. Each situation will be fact-specific and there is no one-size-fits-all advice. Contact an attorney to discuss your specific trademark. In today’s digital age, most [...]

Supreme Court: Ban on Disparaging Trademarks is Unconstitutional

In a decision that will have a huge impact on the United States trademark system, the Supreme Court held that the federal law (the Lanham Act) which allows the USPTO to refuse to register “disparaging” trademarks violated the First Amendment and was unconstitutional. Simon Tam, the front man for the Asian-American rock band "The Slants" [...]

Supreme Court: Copyright Protection Extends to Uniform Designs

One day, while browsing through a competitor’s marketing catalog, a manufacturer of cheerleading uniforms came across cheerleading uniforms that were very similar to the company’s designs. This is how a dispute between two cheerleading uniform companies started, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court and could have drastic implications in many [...]