Trademarkology: The Law of the Brand

Trademarkology: The Law of the Brand

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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

Ducking it out in Philadelphia

Posted in Sound Marks, Trademarks
I’m sure you’ve all been on the edge of your seats since last week waiting to hear what happened in the case between tour companies involving duck sounds.  In case you need a refresher, the case I mentioned was Ride the Ducks, LLC v. Duck Boat Tours Inc., 75 U.S.P.Q 2d (E.D. Pa. 2005), which involved two tour… Continue Reading

When is Enough Enough?

Posted in Trademarks
The Supreme Court will tell us soon, when it decides B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., Case No. 13-352. B&B Hardware and Hargis Industries have been duking it out for over a decade. In 2007, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “TTAB”) ruled that Hargis could not register the mark SEALTITE for use… Continue Reading

Ski City and Ski Town Settle Trademark Dispute

Posted in Trademarks
In light of the season’s first snowfall, it only seems appropriate that we discuss skiing today. Earlier this year, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation filed suit against Visit Salt Lake regarding a “Ski City USA” marketing campaign. Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation alleged the campaign infringed Steamboat’s “SKI TOWN, U.S.A.” trademark, which has been used… Continue Reading

True Religion Takes Bold Approach in Protecting “U-Shape” Pocket Design

Posted in Trademarks
Nobody likes a copycat. Guru Denim is no different. Guru Denim Inc., owner of the True Religion brand of jeans, recently filed suit against Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. for trademark infringement. The suit is over True Religion’s trademarked “U-shape” pocket design and claims that Burlington Coat Factory is selling jeans, which bear an infringing “U-shape”… Continue Reading

Lululemon a Warrior in Protecting its Intellectual Property

Posted in Copyright, Patents, Trademarks
Lululemon takes no savasanas when it comes to protecting its intellectual property. If you’ve been following my blog posts, you probably know that I’m a yoga addict. I love wearing Lululemon apparel (and also Zweet Sport apparel!) both on and off the mat. In fact, I’m sitting writing this post in my WUNDER UNDER leggings and SCUBA… Continue Reading

Tickled Pink: Thomas Pink Defeats Victoria’s Secret

Posted in Trademarks
As one of the few consumers who purchases both Thomas Pink and Victoria’s Secret PINK, this decision is of particuar interest to me. Thomas Pink got its panties in a wad over Victoria’s Secret’s launch of its PINK brand in the UK in 2012 and filed suit for trademark infringement in May of last year. The high-end London-based retailer… Continue Reading