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Supreme Court Says Yeah, Booking.com Deserves A Trademark Registration

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) improperly denied the registration of Booking.com as a trademark based on the theory that it is a generic term. The main holding by the highest court is that just because a name (like “booking”) is generic, that […]

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Why You Should Retain Outside General Counsel And Why It Should Be Heitner Legal

Everyone should have general counsel on a retainer. Certainly, as a lawyer who stands to benefit from same, I am biased. But I also have a unique perspective, working for roughly 10 years with a variety of individuals and business as their legal counsel. What I have learned during that time is that, 99% of […]

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Darren Heitner Named University Of Florida Outstanding Young Alumnus

Mr. Darren Heitner is one of a select group of University of Florida alumni named to this year’s prestigious “40 Under 40.” Honorees receiving 2019 Outstanding Young Alumni awards were recognized during a campus ceremony on Saturday, April 13.

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Consent Is Not Enough To Receive A Trademark

Bay State Brewing Company, Inc. sought to trademark TIME TRAVELER BLONDE for “beer.” The Trademark Examining Attorney refused registration because it too closely resembled the already registered mark, TIME TRAVELER, registered by A&S Brewing. The registered mark is also for “beer,” and includes “ale and lager.” Bay State conceded that there is a likelihood of […]

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Wait, What Happened at the Solheim Cup?

Golf is a great sport. I’ve been promising myself that I’m going to get around to really learning how to play. And the excitement from this weekend may have given me the final nudge I need. As I did my routine check of the sports blogs I learned that there was a big brouhaha at […]

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How Brady Beat Goodell

Last week Patriots fans rejoiced as a federal judge ruled in favor of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and erased his four-game suspension. It was another blow to the top brass of the National Football League (NFL or League) who have been in hot water for their seemingly less than capable management of player infractions. This […]

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Seattle Seahawks Player Seeks To Represent Himself

Russell Okung, All-Pro left tackle, made news by announcing that he had fired his agent and would be negotiating his next contract without agent representation. Okung is set to become a free agent next offseason and figures to have a long list of suitors including his current team, the Seattle Seahawks. Okung says, “I know my worth. […]

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The Future of Broadcasting: Drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles, better known as drones, have been a hot topic in the news in recent years. More businesses are finding ways to utilize drones to become more efficient and to lower costs while also providing new angles to view the world. No doubt, the sports industry and the broadcasting industry know the benefits […]

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Running From the Law: Photo Finish Ends With Felony Charges

On January 17, 2015, veteran horse jockey Roman Chapa and his horse “Quiet Acceleration” were holding steady in the Richard King Stakes Race at Sam Houston Park in Texas. Suddenly, the horse shifted gears and ended up winning the $50,000 purse by a mere half a length. What may have looked like a valiant effort […]

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Welcome to the Spin Room: How the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy is a Microcosm of Labor-Management Relations

A lot has happened between the National Football League and National Football League Players Association these last few weeks regarding the scope and ability of Commissioner Roger Goodell to discipline players. Here is a brief summary of what has transpired: Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Raven’s running back, is now free to sign with any […]