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Carnival’s “KING JAMES” Trademark Blocked By LeBron James

LeBron James has filed formal documents to oppose a trademark application for “KING JAMES” that was filed by Carnival Cruise Lines. LeBron’s company, LBJ Trademarks, filed the formal opposition with the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on November 18. The opposition stops in its tracks a trademark […]

Registering Trademarks for CBD, Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, and Other Cannabinoids

The demand for cannabidiol, or CBD, has skyrocketed in the last few years and with it, a huge boom in CBD brands. However, there are still significant challenges to registering CBD brands with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A few highlights as you read below: USPTO trademark applications for CBD, CBG, Full Spectrum […]

New USPTO Fees Coming In January 2021

Effective January 2, 2021, the USPTO will be implementing a revised version of its trademark and TTAB fees. If you are considering registering your trademarks with the USPTO or if you are a current trademark owner, it is crucial to understand and prepare for the forthcoming increase in most fees, as well as the introduction […]

How to Handle A Trademark Infringement Notice

If you receive a cease and desist letter in the mail, it means that another company or individual believes you are infringing on their trademark, regardless of whether or not the allegations are true. While a notice of trademark infringement can be unsettling, it’s important not to panic or take immediate action. This article goes […]

Copyright Protection – Why Should You Register Your Copyrights?

Copyright protection gives creators (whether individuals or companies) the ability to stop others from (among other things) reproducing the creator’s content without permission. In a digital world where anything can be reproduced, stolen, and sold with only a few clicks, it is essential that creators protect their copyrights. We will go into more detail below, […]

Four Seasons Trademarks

The trademark “FOUR SEASONS” may never be the same after the 2020 Presidential campaign. But Four Seasons Total Landscaping and the Four Seasons Hotel are not the only businesses that go by the name “Four Seasons” in the United States.  Here is a list of all the different “Four Seasons” trademarks that have been registered […]

Shaquille O’Neal Files Trademark Application for “SHAQPOT”

Shaquille O’Neal filed a new trademark application for “SHAQPOT” on October 22. The application indicates that O’Neal and Authentic Brands Group intends to use the “SHAQPOT” trademark in association with betting services, gambling services, and wagering services. The filing also includes a website featuring online betting, gaming, gambling and wagering services related to sporting events. […]

Russell Wilson Files Trademark Application for “LET RUSS COOK”

Russell Wilson has filed a new trademark application for “LET RUSS COOK.” The “LET RUSS COOK” phrase originated from week 3 of the 2019 NFL season, where a Seattle Seahawks fan posted a tweet suggesting the Seahawks just “let Russ cook.” As documented by The Athletic, the idea of letting Wilson have more control over […]

Trademark Assignments: How to Buy, Sell, Or Transfer A Trademark

Much like traditional assets such as machinery or real estate, trademarks are assets that can be bought, sold, and transferred. Unlike physical assets, however, trademarks must be transferred in a purposeful way to ensure that the underlying meaning, or “goodwill”, is also transferred.  A trademark could be a word, a phrase, a symbol, or even […]

What Trademarks Should You Protect?

When you begin the process of protecting your brand assets and intellectual property, it can be difficult to understand which of your trademarks you should protect with a trademark registration. Filing trademark applications for unique aspects of your brand can deter competitors from using similar names and designs. The following list covers the five most […]

Trump Organization’s “TELERALLY” Trademark Refused

Trump Organization’s trademark application for “TELERALLY” has been initially refused by the USPTO. DTTM Operations, LLC is the holding company for all of Trump Organization’s trademark applications. Back in July, the entity filed the “TELERALLY” application. While it does not appear that the campaign has used the trademark over the past few months, the USPTO […]

3 Common Trademark Mistakes

From deciding on a name to submitting a trademark application with the USPTO, branding your company and protecting its intellectual property is an exciting, yet complicated process. It’s critical to ensure you understand how to choose a trademark and register it before jumping into the process. As a trademark law firm, we frequently have businesses […]