Trademarkology: The Law of the Brand

Trademarkology: The Law of the Brand

Tag Archives: Federal Registration

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

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

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

Cheaper, Faster, … Better?

Posted in Trademarks
In its quest to improve the accuracy of the trademark register, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (the “PTO”) has proposed a streamlined cancellation process for review and comment by August 14, 2017. The proposal would modify existing regulations to make the streamlined process an option available to petitioners seeking to cancel a federal trademark… Continue Reading

Stretching Trademark Law

Posted in Trademark Basics, Trademarks
Hi. I’m Mari-Elise, and I’m your newest Trademarkologist. Allow me to quickly introduce myself. My favorite things include practicing trademark law, cooking, University of Louisville athletics, and coffee. Oh, and I LOVE yoga. I’m completely hooked — on Bikram, in particular. For those of you unfamilar with Bikram Yoga, yogi Bikram Choudhury created the “Bikram” style of hot yoga, which… Continue Reading

Build Your Brand With Unique Product Packaging

Posted in Trademarks
When most people think about trademarks, they think about names, slogans, and logos. Product packaging or “trade dress” can also be protected as trademarks as long as it identifies the source or quality of a product. I live in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the world’s most famous product configurations was developed nearby in Lynchburg,… Continue Reading

Maximize Your Federal Trademark Rights by Filing Early

Posted in Trademarks
In my last post, I discussed how Coca-Cola takes advantage of the tremendous bang for the buck provided by federal trademark registrations by filing frequently. An ordinary can of Coke is protected by no less than 10 federal trademark registrations. Another important lesson that can be learned from Coca-Cola is to file early. There are not… Continue Reading

Build Your Brand Using Frequent Filer Lessons from Coca-Cola

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Coca-Cola is an American icon. It is the third most valuable brand in the world behind only Apple and Google according to Interbrand, and it is worth an estimated $80 billion. Coca-Cola’s trademarks play a critical role in building and protecting its valuable brand. It is a frequent filer of trademark applications. Coca-Cola has more than 430… Continue Reading