Trademarkology: The Law of the Brand

Trademarkology: The Law of the Brand

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Beloved Brand Nicknames

Posted in Brands, Trademarks
One sign of a prominent, strong, and/or beloved brand is a nickname. Consumers sometimes show their affection for their favorite brands by abbreviating them, elongating them, or creating variations of them. On the flip side, sometimes brand owners create their own brand nicknames, perhaps in an effort to manufacture the desired consumer affection. And then… Continue Reading

Paraskevidekatriaphobia

Posted in Brands, Copyright, Trademarks
Friday the 13th is once again upon us. The fear of Friday the 13th – paraskevidekatriaphobia – is derived from the Greek paraskevi (Friday), triskaideka (thirteen), and phobia (fear). It has been said that fear of Friday the 13th is the most widespread superstition in the United States today and it has been estimated that… Continue Reading

The Golden Knights are one step closer to securing the Stanley Cup and Federal Trademark Registration

Posted in Infringement, Trademarks, Uncategorized
This hockey season, the Las Vegas Golden Knights have been fighting to establish their name in the National Hockey League . . . and with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my post from January about “The Fight Over the “Golden Knights.”… Continue Reading

Design Patents and Trade Dress

Posted in Patents, Registrations, Trade Dress, Trademark Basics, Trademarks
There are several different kinds of intellectual property protection (e.g., trademarks, patents, and copyrights). The borders between the types of protection are not always clear, and it may be that some subject matter is eligible for protection in more than one category. Conversely, it may be that qualifying for protection in one category excludes the… Continue Reading

A Tradition Unlike Any Other® – The Masters® at Augusta National®

Posted in Brands, Copyright, Infringement, Trade Dress, Trademarks, Uncategorized
Hi everyone! You’re favorite Trademarkologist-in-training is back! I apologize for not blogging last month but my husband, Chris, and I were at the 2018 Masters Tournament® in Augusta, Georgia! If that’s not a “get-out-of-work-free card” then I don’t know what is! Tickets to the Masters® have been referred to as some of the toughest tickets… Continue Reading

March! What a month! (Part 1)

Posted in Brands, Copyright, Registrations, Trademarks
No, I’m not going to write about MARCH MADNESS® – that annual ritual of college basketball and the NCAA® basketball tournament. Rather, I’m writing about the crazy winter weather which battered the East Coast with four Nor’Easter storms dumping record snowfall this March. After last week’s Storm Skylar and this week’s Storm Toby, some parts… Continue Reading

Specimen Pilot Program

Posted in Brands, Copyright, Trademarks
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “PTO”) has launched a new pilot program designed to ensure that specimens of use submitted to the PTO reflect actual use of the mark in commerce. A mark is “used in commerce” within the meaning of the federal trademark statute (the Lanham Act) when the mark is… Continue Reading

Olympic Marks

Posted in Brands, Copyright, Copyright, Trademarks
The opening ceremonies for the 2018 Olympic winter games take place Friday, February 9, but competition has already begun. In addition to competitions on the ice and slopes, there are competitions among brand owners. Official sponsors of the Olympic games pour lots of dollars into exclusivity, promotions, and advertisements related to the Olympics. And sometimes… Continue Reading

A PR Headache for the CROCK-POT Trademark

Posted in Brands, Trademarks
Fans of the tear-jerking NBC drama This Is Us will be aware of a certain incident with a kitchen appliance that had a big effect on the show’s Pearson family. (Fans who don’t know what I’m talking about and don’t like spoilers should read no further.) Fans already knew that one of the main characters… Continue Reading

The Fight Over the “Golden Knights”

Posted in Brands, Trademarks
Since becoming a Nashvillian a little over a year ago, I’ve fallen in love with a new sport: hockey. Hockey fever is infectious and its contraction was almost unavoidable as the Nashville Predators made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final for the 2016-2017 season. This year, there is a new team that… Continue Reading

Good Intentions

Posted in Brands, Trademarks
We are two weeks into 2018. Have you kept your new year’s resolutions so far? If you are like me, you have good intentions, but that may be all you have. If one of your intentions this year is to use a new mark with a good or service (or to begin using an existing… Continue Reading

Prescriptions for Pharmaceutical Marks

Posted in Trademarks
Some types of applications have a more difficult time than others proceeding to registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “PTO”). Sometimes the nature of a mark (such as product packaging) requires more evidence to demonstrate eligibility for registration. But sometimes the industry or goods with which the mark is used present… Continue Reading

Going Bananas for Halloween – Costume Wars

Posted in Trademarks
Are you a Halloweenie? If you are, you value all things Halloween on this spooky day filled with tricks, treats, and… you guessed it – costumes. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend over $9 billion this year, with about $3.4 billion attributable to costumes. Costumes are big business. The banana costume is… Continue Reading

Phantasmarkgoria

Posted in Trademarks
In the spirit of Halloween, this post will be about the ghostly subject of phantom marks. Generally, a trademark application filed in the United States may seek registration of only one mark. This is not always the case in other countries. For example, in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Hong Kong, it is possible for… Continue Reading

Nike Plays Defense Against Gronkowski

Posted in Trademarks
In April 2016, Gronk Nation LLC filed two applications for registration of himself in silhouette form spiking a football. Gronk’s “trademark move” is the Gronk spike, so it is no wonder that the logo he is seeking to protect looks like this: One of the applications was for use in connection with clothing and the… Continue Reading