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Trademarks

What To Do If Someone Else’s Trademark Registration Is In Your Way

Have you tried to register a trademark or contemplated filing a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office only to find that someone else has already registered an identical or similar trademark? This is a common problem for people in the United States, where trademark rights are generally provided to whoever was first […]

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Derby Pie Trademark Owner Gets A Negative Ruling In The Face On Appeal

A defendant can only be liable for trademark infringement if a third party’s owned trademark registration is used in a trademark way. Stated in another way, the defendant’s use needs to be one where the mark is identifying the source of the good or service. The creator of a well-known chocolate nut pie learned that […]

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Copyright Trademarks

Must Show Massive Distribution For Statutory Damages Of More Than $1 Million In Copyright And Trademark Cases

The Copyright Act allows the owner of an infringed copyright to recover statutory damages, when there is an innocent infringement, in a sum of between $750 and $30,000. When the infringement is willful, the statutory damages can reach as high as $150,000 per infringement. The Lanham Act allows the owner of an infringed trademark registration […]

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Golf Company Slices Trademark Likelihood Of Confusion Claim

A trademark applicant earns a mulligan on its application to register a golf-related mark. The ex-parte appeal was brought by Driven Golf, Inc., which had originally suffered a defeat when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examining attorney assigned to its application determined there to be a likelihood of confusion with another mark that was […]

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Trademarks

What Is The Natural Zone Of Expansion Doctrine?

The natural zone of expansion doctrine is a special rule that can apply in the realm of trademark law. It comes up from time-to-time when two parties have separate claims of priority within a class of goods and services. When an individual or corporate entity files a trademark application, the application must specify the categories […]

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Sports Law Trademarks

It’s Tua Time, So Let’s Look At Tagovailoa Trademarking

It’s Tua Time. Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will make his National Football League starting debut today as the Miami Dolphins take on the Los Angeles Rams. Does that mean it is also time to try to lock up valuable intellectual property surrounding the future of the Dolphins franchise? Unless you are actually Tagovailoa, you […]

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Conversion Trademarks

Who Owns A Social Media Account And Can A Former Employee Create A Similar Account Upon Leaving?

Who is the rightful owner of a social media account? This has become a very important question no matter whether the account is on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok. Disputes commonly arise surrounding the ownership of social media accounts when employees who had access to and used those accounts during their employment are no longer […]

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Trademarks

Purchasing Trademarked Search Terms, On Its Own, May Not Constitute Infringement

Is it considered to be trademark infringement when one company decides to purchase keyword advertisements on search engines or the like, using another’s trademark registrations within the purchased search terms? A new recommendation from a U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in the Northern District of Texas provides some thoughts on the subject matter. In the case […]

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Copyright Trademarks

Hello I Am Elliot: The Startup’s IP Nightmare

On July 2, in New York’s Southern District, global e-commerce startup (“Hello I Am Elliot”) brought an action into Court for trademark and copyright infringement against Derek J. Sine and Vander Group, another e-commerce company. Sine was Vice President of Vander Group, and together the parties were business affiliates of Hello I Am Elliot, licensed […]

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Trademarks

CBD Trademarks Now Have Tough Road Toward Registration

The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has just issued an opinion that is not going to please individuals and corporate entities in the Cannabidiol (CBD) space. It has ruled, in the case of In re: Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC, that a Colorado CBD company is not permitted to have its trademark registered because […]