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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 […]

  • The USPTO has updated the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (the ‘TMEP’).  The new manual incorporates changes including: Renaming of Express Mail® to PriorityMail Express® Reduction of Fees for Trademark Applications and Renewals; and Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Rules of Practice and the Rules of Practice in Filings Pursuant to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The US Supreme Court has agreed to rule on whether the federal Lanham Act governs a case involving labeling of a product regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). POM Wonderful LLC and Coca-Cola Co. are engaged in a dispute over Coca-Cola’s labeling of a drink as “pomegranate blueberry juice.” The drink’s label says […]

  •  London-based King.com Ltd., maker of the popular game “Candy Crush Saga,” is seeking a US trademark for the word “candy.” The trademark application covers not only “Apps featuring computer games, namely, computer game software” but also hundreds of other goods and services, including: Camcorders; Cameras; Cassette players; Compact disc players… DVD players; Downloadable electronic publications […]

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