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“I’m a Shithole, Mr. President!”: A New Era of Offensive Trademarks

Now that the offensive ban has been deemed "unconstitutional," the floodgates are open for offensive trademark, including applications including offensive words used by the President of the United States.

January 26th, 2018|

Makeup Manufacturer Hard Candy drops Trademark Application for #MeToo

Makeup company Hard Candy learned the hard way that a simple trademark application can quickly turn into a PR nightmare. Hard Candy isn't the first (and won't be the last) company to get in trouble for attempting to claim exclusive rights in a grassroots phrase, but the backlash is still significant (and may have been avoidable.)

January 25th, 2018|

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.

January 19th, 2018|

DUDES FOR DONALD? Trademark Filers Waste Filing Fees on Trump Trademarks

If you apply for a trademark that references a living president or a political candidate, prepare to be denied. Currently there are over 275 active trademark applications containing the word “TRUMP” and chances are, unless they were filed by Donald Trump or his family, then many of those applications will be denied. Why? Because the [...]

March 8th, 2017|