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How to Trademark a Logo

One of the common questions I get from potential clients revolves around how to trademark a logo. When a small business is launching, taking the time to ensure your logo doesn’t infringe on someone else’s trademark is an important step. How important is it for a business to trademark its logo? Consider the case of … [Read More]

How Long Does it Take to Get a Trademark?

Last Updated: 10/12/2017 A common question that I frequently get in my trademark law practice is, “How long does it take to get a trademark?”  The answer may surprise you – in total, it will take roughly 13 to 18 months to get a trademark. If you add up the initial 4-6 months to review … [Read More]

Dozens of Chinese Companies Attempt to Trademark “Ivanka”

Over the last few months in China, more than 250 trademark applications have been submitted for various uses of “Ivanka”. These range from diet pills to underwear and sanitary products, as companies look to cash in on the popularity of the First Daughter. These companies range from alcohol retailers to supplement manufacturers to makers of feminine … [Read More]

President Trump Files for Trademark on 2020 Campaign Slogan

The legal team for President Trump has applied for trademark protection for the phrase that is set to be the 2020 reelection slogan. The phrase was first made public during an interview with The Washington Post. Halfway through his interview with The Washington Post, Trump shared a bit of news: He already has decided on his … [Read More]

The L.A. Chargers are Facing a Trademark Challenge Already

The L.A. Chargers are off to a bit of a tough start, with backlash from fans since the announcement of the move from San Diego, followed by ridicule of their new logo, and now a challenge to their trademark application from the L.A. Gear company. If you don’t remember L.A. Gear, they’re the sneaker company that … [Read More]

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels Files Trademark Infringement Suit

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, one of the founders of Run-DMC, the iconic 80’s hip-hop group, has filed a $50M trademark infringement lawsuit against retail giants, including Amazon and Wal-Mart. The suit, filed on December 29th, 2016 in the New York Southern District Court, alleges that the retailers are guilty of damaging the iconic Run-DMC brand through … [Read More]

Trademark Roundup – Week of April 3

This week’s roundup includes an EDM artist, a potential battle over burgers, and news on an uptick in companies registering a trademark for a hashtag. Deadmau5 Sues Vape Company for Trademark Infringement The similar name of deadmodz (vs deadmau5) and near identical logo design landed an e-cigarette company in hot water with the electronic dance … [Read More]

Trademark Trials and Appeals

Creating a unique name, logo or slogan for your product or service business comes with the responsibility to trademark the name, logo or slogan to ensure that another company or person does not use the idea for their own financial gain. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) is tasked with hearing appeals of trademark … [Read More]

71 Notorious Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Infringement Cases

Patent-related litigation made up more than half of all lawsuits filed in America last year, a forty percent increase from three years before. With so-called patent troll lawsuits on the rise in a big way, I thought it’d be a good time to highlight the interesting, funny, and little-known side of American patent, trademark, and … [Read More]

Washington Redskins Trademark Case Conclusion

A Guide to the Washington Redskins Trademark Case

A headline-making dispute between the Washington Redskins of the NFL and a group of Native Americans intensified last summer when an appeal board of the US Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the team should be stripped of its trademark protections. In a 2-1 decision, the board stripped the team of six federal trademarks related … [Read More]

Patent Trolls: The Complete Guide

We have one-time IBM patent lawyer Peter Detkin to thank for the phrase “patent troll.” In Detkin’s time, the phrase almost always referred to the practice of buying low-value patents for the purpose of threatening nuisance litigation. The easiest way to define the phrase for today’s world is to say that it refers to any … [Read More]

Trademark Renewal: The Definitive Guide

The trademark renewal process is fairly straightforward and relatively easy to navigate. Once you have conducted a trademark search and registered your trademark with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, you will be required to renew your trademark in order to maintain your federal trademark rights. Failure to renew your trademark will result in … [Read More]

Will I Forfeit My Trademark If I Don’t Police Infringement?

With all the time and money that you’ve invested in establishing and registering your trademark, imagine how devastating it would be to have a competitor use your mark with the law’s blessing. If you fail to adequately police infringement, that is exactly what could happen. Registering your mark is a necessary (but not wholly sufficient) … [Read More]

Trademark Disputes: Examining Two Separate Lawsuits Over Angry Birds

Most people know how to play Angry Birds, the slingshot-themed video game by a Finnish company called Rovio. It isn’t so well-known, however, that Angry Birds has been the focus of some significant trademark disputes since its 2006 inception. Here are two of the most notable cases. Adams vs. Hartz Image via Flickr The person … [Read More]

How to Prevent Major Corporations from Stealing Your Trademark

If anyone can attest to the nightmare of waging a trademark battle against a corporate giant, it’s Amy Brooks, a Rochester-based entrepreneur. Ms. Brooks is the proprietor of Bubbles by Brooks, a distributor of therapeutic soaps for cancer patients. After surviving cancer treatment herself, Brooks began handcrafting skin care and soap products that minimize irritation … [Read More]