Trademark Cases

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]

6 Key Takeaways from Tesla’s Trademark Infringement Battle in China

By now, you may have heard of the term “patent troll.” It’s a phrase that makes the skin crawl collectively among Silicon Valley CEOs. The moniker represents those who may knowingly register patents on existing, branded products or processes, and lay in wait until the unsuspecting company infringes the registrant’s rights. In many cases, it’s … [Read More]

Smartwatch Trademarks and the Future of Naming Gadgets

If Google were to produce a smartwatch, you might expect them to call it Android Smartwatch. But they might be blocked from doing so. When the many third party companies that build Android hardware market their wearables, you might expect to hear them described as Android smartwatches. But even that might not work. Why couldn’t … [Read More]

MLB Cites Trademark Rights in Removing Podcasts from iTunes

Hardcore baseball fans were aghast last week when they learned that some of their favorite podcasts had been removed from iTunes, without notice. NBC Sports blogger Aaron Gleeman broke the news on Twitter, saying that “MLB requested several team-related podcasts be removed.” Why would Major League Baseball want to remove a source of free marketing? … [Read More]

Trademark Case Study: Penn State

The sport industry is no stranger to trademark law. Successful athletes and universities have adopted strict policies in order to protect reasonable revenue streams from dilution or compromise. While the extent of registered marks between universities varies, Penn State rests among the more extensively defined of institutions with comparable licensing programs. In the process, the storied … [Read More]