Liberty Tax Services recently filed suit against AMC Networks and Sony Pictures, claiming that the disreputable “Sweet Liberty Tax Services,” portrayed in the series, infringed the company’s trademark and trade dress. The suit alleges “dilution, defamation, disparagement, and injurious falsehoods” based on the unflattering light in which the fictional business was portrayed. Click here forContinue reading “Producers of Better Call Saul Sued for Trade Dress and Trademark Infringement”
Category Archives: Trademark
Scotch Whisky Association Successfully Registers “Scotch Whisky”
Fellow Scottish whiskey (or more correctly, whisky) buffs will appreciate the recent registration of SCOTCH WHISKY by the Scotch Whisky Association. (See U.S. Reg. No.6763223). This registration will help to ensure that whiskeys labeled “Scotch Whisky” were manufactured in Scotland in accordance with their high standards.
Native American tribes permitted to add tribal insignias in the USPTO’s database for free
Official tribal insignias of federally or state-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes can now be included in the USPTO database for no cost. These marks will be considered when examining pending trademark applications. Click here for full article
Overview of the Trademark Modernization Act
The recent COVID-19 relief bill included a number of changes to trademark law. The Trademark Modernization Act has now been signed into law and allows third parties to: File Petitions for Expungement or Reexamination Submit evidence supporting a refusal to register a trademark Click here for full article and additional changes to the law
Creating a Solid Logo
A logo should be visually pleasing but it should also communicate more than just a brand name. Here are a few examples of some designs that go the extra mile… Click here for full article: https://alltimelists.com/13-logos-with-clever-hidden-messages/?view-all
Do the Scots own BURNS NIGHT?
The Scotch Whisky Association recently filed an opposition to the mark BURNS NIGHT filed by an Atlanta distiller of American malt whiskey. The Association claims that BURNS NIGHT is “highly evocative of Scotland when used on a whisky product,” and is likely to cause a consumer to believe that the spirit being purchased is aContinue reading “Do the Scots own BURNS NIGHT?”
What Constitutes a Counterfeit?
Rolex has recently filed suit against laCalifornienne for allegedly dealing in fake watches. LaCalifornienne has been adding non-Rolex sanctioned dials, crystals, and other accessories to pre-owned Rolex® watches and reselling them as genuine Rolex® watches. Rolex considers any watch that includes a non-Rolex part to be a counterfeit. Rolex filed a similar case against aContinue reading “What Constitutes a Counterfeit?”
Can the Owner of a Building Control Reproductions of its Likeness?
Canadian Parliament is considering whether building owners can control the reproduction of a famous building’s likeness. Author James Bow was set to release a new book featuring a cover-art collage which included an image of the CN Tower, a large radio antenna and tourist attraction located in Toronto. A representative from CN Tower requested theContinue reading “Can the Owner of a Building Control Reproductions of its Likeness?”
Trademark Scam Letters – Things to Look For
More and more of my clients have been receiving trademark scam letters purporting to be from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These letters often appear official in nature and include scary notations such as “CANCELLATION PENDING.” These companies have defruaded trademark owners of millions. If you have received this type of note, theContinue reading “Trademark Scam Letters – Things to Look For”
“Scandalous” Trademarks on the Heels of Matal v. Tam
Proctor & Gamble has recently filed two trademark applications for “WTF” and “FML” – two colorful acronyms containing the word “F*CK”. These marks would have formerly been rejected on the basis that they are “scandalous” or “immoral;” however, recent decisions validating registration of THE SLANTS (a band with Asian members) and REDSKINS (an NFL team)Continue reading ““Scandalous” Trademarks on the Heels of Matal v. Tam”