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US Trademark Filings Made By Chinese Applicants Reach All-Time High

In September 2020, a record number of trademark filings were made with the USPTO. In total, 72,869 filings were made. However, this all-time high is not cause for celebration, nor does it mean the US economy is firing on all cylinders. 43% of these filings (31,517) came from Chinese-based individuals and businesses. There has never […]

Dr. Dre’s Wife Claims Partial Rights to “DR. DRE” Trademarks

Dr. Dre’s wife, Nicole Young, has filed for divorce from him in California Court. While Gerben Law typically does not cover family matters, this case makes a very significant trademark claim. In the complaint that Nicole Young filed in the Superior Court for the State of California, she makes the accusation that “Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ […]

Jimmy Butler Files Trademarks for “BIG FACE COFFEE”

Jimmy Butler has filed three new trademark applications for the coffee business he started in the NBA Bubble. The applications were just made on September 4 for “BIG FACE COFFEE,” “NO I.O.U.’S” and a logo. The applications protect Butler’s new brand in association with a variety of goods and services, including apparel, mugs and cups, […]

Nike and Kawhi Leonard Reach A Settlement Agreement

Nike and Kawhi Leonard have filed documents with the Federal District Court in Portland Oregon revealing that they have come to a settlement agreement in their year-long dispute over the ownership of Kawhi Leonard’s claw logo. This dispute started on June 3, 2019 when Kawhi Leonard filed a lawsuit against Nike stating that he was […]

NCAA Files Trademark for “BATTLE IN THE BUBBLE”

The NCAA has filed a new trademark application for “BATTLE IN THE BUBBLE.” The filing was just made with the USPTO on August 26 and indicates that the NCAA will offer “athletic contests, games, tournaments, exhibitions and other athletic events at the college level.”  Essentially, this means that the NCAA intends to use the slogan […]

How the Seattle Kraken Avoided A Trademark Dispute

The new Seattle Kraken hockey team may have just avoided a lengthy trademark dispute by working with the owner of the “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” trademark registration, Kraken rum. In July, the NHL Seattle team announced their new name would be the Seattle Kraken. In doing so, they filed a slew of trademark applications with the […]

Seattle Kraken Withdraw Three Trademark Filings

The Seattle Kraken have withdrawn three of the team’s initial trademark filings– two of the withdrawn filings were for the slogan “RELEASE THE KRAKEN,” the third for a “S” logo. In late July, the team originally filed a series of new trademark applications for “SEATTLE KRAKEN,” “RELEASE THE KRAKEN,” and logos. While the applications for […]

How the Washington Football Team Will Choose a New Name

In recent months, there has been great speculation about the new name for the Washington Football Team. One of the main reasons owner Dan Snyder went with a temporary name is because it can be incredibly difficult to find a name you like that can be cleared from a trademark perspective with the USPTO. It’s […]

WNBA Files Trademark Applications for “WUBBLE”

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has filed two new trademark applications for “WUBBLE.” This is presumably the league’s interpretation of “the bubble,” in which the NBA is currently playing. These filings were made with the USPTO on August 5, 2020. The first application covers goods and services that would normally be seen when protecting […]

How Under Armour Kept the Joel Embiid Logo Secret

Under Armour recently announced Joel Embiid’s new sneaker line and the “JE” logo that goes along with it. That said, while this announcement was just made in August of 2020, Under Armour has been trying to keep the new “JE” logo a secret for months. Back in January 2020, Under Armour originally filed a trademark […]

New York Islanders File ‘THE BANK’ trademark for New Arena

The New York Islanders filed three trademark applications related to the new arena being built for the team. One application is for the phrase “THE BANK” and appears to either be the name of the arena or a nickname for it. This filing comes on the heels of the announcement that UBS Bank has entered […]

Donald Trump’s Company Files for “TELERALLY” Trademark

The holding company for all of Donald Trump’s business-related trademarks, DTTM Operations, LLC, has filed a new trademark application for “TELERALLY.” The application was filed on July 14 and indicates that DTTM Operations, LLC has an intent to use the ‘TELERALLY’ mark for “organizing events in the field of politics and political campaigning.” Following the […]