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Trademarkology

Identity Issues: More on Rebranding and Brand Nicknames

Only three months ago we wrote about rebranding. Just two months ago we wrote about beloved brand nicknames. Then, last month, two companies announced plans to rebrand to abbreviations of their current marks. Coincidence? Probably, but we are going to take the opportunity to revisit those topics anyway.

by Alexandra MacKay October 15, 2018
Trademarkology

Does Ohio State Own the O?

We recently looked at the idea of state universities claiming a (limited) monopoly on the right to use the name of their state on clothing and other items. At first blush it seems surprising that anyone can have the exclusive right to a state name, but trademark law allows it in the right circumstances, and with limitations.

by John W. Scruton October 10, 2018
Trademarkology

Watch Out for Trademark Registration Scams

One of the facts of modern life is that you will be the target of scams. Sometimes it's the son of the former defense minister of Nigeria. Sometimes it's someone trying to trick you into paying them money to do something with your trademark.

by John W. Scruton September 21, 2018
Trademarkology

Friendly Foes–Trademark Cease and Desist Letters Are Filled with Humor These Days

A familiar adage teaches that one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar. Without in any way implying that infringers are flies, we can apply this lesson to the trademark context. It seems that trademark attorneys enforcing their clients' rights have really taken this wisdom to heart in recent years. With increasing frequency, trademark cease and desist letters filled with humor and whimsy fill the news.

by Alexandra MacKay September 17, 2018
Trademarkology

Building Brands - LÄRABAR

Trademarks are everywhere! From the Delta® faucet you use every day, to your favorite Starbucks® treat, and even your favorite G2® ink pen at work (I mean – is there any other acceptable pen?!). Everyone encounters hundreds, if not thousands, of trademarks each and every day!

by Rachel Dix Bishop September 04, 2018
Trademarkology

Registration of State Names as Trademarks

Collegiate licensing is a big deal these days. Lots of alumni and fans of college teams want to wear clothing bearing the marks of their alma mater or their favorite team.

by John W. Scruton August 21, 2018
Trademarkology

Beloved Brand Nicknames

One sign of a prominent, strong, and/or beloved brand is a nickname. Consumers sometimes show their affection for their favorite brands by abbreviating them, elongating them, or creating variations of them.

by Alexandra MacKay August 09, 2018
Trademarkology

Sticky Rebranding and Fluid Marks

I have fond memories of drowning my pancakes in all the flavored syrups on the table rack at IHOP. But, on June 4, the International House of Pancakes announced that though it had been IHOP for 60 years, it would be "flippin" its name to "IHOb" in a week.

by Alexandra MacKay July 19, 2018