Use Caution When Threatening an IP Action in the U.K.

“Threatening” a potential infringer for acts performed in the UK will now be governed by a new Intellectual Property Unjustified Threats Act. The act took effect on October 1, 2017 and outlines “permitted communications” between potential adversaries in patent, trademark and designs.  It should be noted that the act will not apply to copyright infringements,Continue reading “Use Caution When Threatening an IP Action in the U.K.”

Woman Takes on Coca-Cola in Trademark Dispute and Wins

In 2005, an Australian woman named Annabelle Young wanted to start a tea company. In order to protect her IP she decided to trademark the name HONEST TEA in Australia.  Not too long after her trademark issued,  an American company using the same name brought suit against her claiming global rights in the name.  ThatContinue reading “Woman Takes on Coca-Cola in Trademark Dispute and Wins”

Notorious Toronto Mayor in Trouble for Unauthorized use of Trademark

Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor of recent notoriety, is employing Ford’ famous oval shaped logo on t-shirts that support his cause.  The Ford Motor Company claims that Mr. Ford did not seek permission before using their oval logo on “Ford Nation” shirts. In an effort to distance themselves from the recent bad press, the automakerContinue reading “Notorious Toronto Mayor in Trouble for Unauthorized use of Trademark”

New Feud Over Hatfield McCoy Trademark

Everyone has heard of the legendary grudge between the Hatfield and McCoy families during the mid to late 1800’s. While the family feud has quieted down in the last century, a new dispute is emerging over who has the right to use the trademark HATFIELD & MCCOY in competing moonshine ventures.   Click here forContinue reading “New Feud Over Hatfield McCoy Trademark”

Craigslist Prevented from Trademark Peace Symbol

Craigslist’s application to trademark the international peace symbol was recently rejected.  The Trademark Trials and Appeal Board held that the symbol failed to distinguish its products and services, even when given the color purple.  A well known symbol must be clearly identify the source of goods if it is to be registerable. For this reasonContinue reading “Craigslist Prevented from Trademark Peace Symbol”

Pitfalls of Trademark Use in Advertising and Promotion

Be cautious when using the trademarks of others… even when you are simply advertising a product or promoting something as mundane as the “Super Bowl” or “March Madness.”  Both of the terms used in the aforementioned example are federally trademarked and that trademark should be noted in any advertising or promotional material. You should neverContinue reading “Pitfalls of Trademark Use in Advertising and Promotion”

McDonald’s Loses EU “Big Mac” Trademark

Irish fast food chain, Supermac, has successfully challenged McDonald’s EU trademark BIG MAC. After reviewing the mark, the EU Intellectual Property Office found that evidence submitted by McDonald’s was insufficient to support its use. The BIG MAC trademark registration was canceled and Supermac is now free to expand within the UK and EU. CLICK HEREContinue reading “McDonald’s Loses EU “Big Mac” Trademark”