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  • Red Bull is opposing the trademark application of  Old Ox Brewery, The opposition filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office claims Old Ox confusingly similar the the famous energy drink. Red Bull is arguing that “an ‘ox’ and a ‘bull’ both fall within the same class of ‘bovine’ animals and are virtually indistinguishable to most […]

  • Two San Franciso noodle restaurants are boiling made at each other.  Chubby Noodle has filed a trademark suit against Fat Noodle, claims that Fat Noodle’s chosen name is “confusingly similar” and will make customers believe that the two separate noodle-loving companies are related.     The suit also notes that both restaurants’ logos “incorporate a stylized […]

  • Owning a Federal trademark registration provides several distinct advantages, including the ability to file a trademark lawsuit to protect the mark. In order to obtain a trademark, applicants must be able to show current use of the mark in commerce, or their intent to use their mark “in commerce” in the future. What do you […]

  • Filing a trademark application requires some decisions to be made. One of the most important choices is the depiction of your mark. Every application must include a clear representation of the mark you want to register. This representation is used by the Trademark Office to file the mark in the USPTO search records. In addition, […]

  • My friend, Joe Kerski, is a geology geek and educator.  He recently reposted an infographic regarding personal use of copyrighted images and materials.  Please remember, this infographic is only for PERSONAL use of copyrighted material and is not my opinion or advice regarding the use of copyrighted material.  First rule: Always seek permission first. Otherwise, […]

  • The Ninth Circuit has revived a case involving copyrights and trademarks associated with the late Bill Graham. Graham was born in Berlin and escaped Germany and France during World War II and lived as a foster child in the Bronx. He moved to San Francisco in the early 1960s and got his start as a […]

  • Blog by Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee When President Obama last year announced a handful of executive actions to build a better patent system, one of those actions focused on improving clarity in patent claims. The president recognized that patents with clearly defined […]

  • Deputy Director Lee blogged about the status of the USPTO’s operating reserves. “I want to tell you more about our proposal to reduce total trademark fee collections. The reduction is possible due to efficiencies that have allowed the office to create an operating reserve. The proposed reduction maintains a reserve sufficient to manage operations and […]

  • The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Bloomberg’s unauthorized publication of a recording of an earnings call was fair use under US copyright law. In February of 2011, Swatch hosted a telephone conference and invited hundreds of securities analysts to discuss the company’s financial performance. Swatch arranged with a third party transcript service […]

  • Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. has filed copyright and trademark counterclaims against the producers of a Twilight parody film. The Twilight movie series, based on the hyper-popular novels by Stephanie Meyer, was produced by Lions Gate subsidiary Summit Entertainment and has earned over $3.3 billion worldwide. Between the Lines Productions LLC, producers of the spoof film […]

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