Brands, Trademarks, and Registration

The Trademarks of the World Cup Stars

In honor of the world's biggest sporting event, now occurring in Russia, let's look at which of the big stars of the World Cup is winning the trademark competition. The competition, as I define it, is to show evidence of protecting the mark that is the player's name or image.

by John W. Scruton July 10, 2018

Childhood Trademarks

Maybe it's just because I am about to go on vacation with seven children under the age of 11 (and their parents), but it seems a lot of trademarks from my childhood have been making appearances in the news recently.

by Alexandra MacKay June 14, 2018

The Golden Knights are one step closer to securing the Stanley Cup and Federal Trademark Registration

This hockey season, the Las Vegas Golden Knights have been fighting to establish their name in the National Hockey League . . . and with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

by Rachel Dix Bishop June 01, 2018

Design Patents and Trade Dress

There are several different kinds of intellectual property protection (e.g., trademarks, patents, and copyrights). The borders between the types of protection are not always clear, and it may be that some subject matter is eligible for protection in more than one category.

by Alexandra MacKay and Sean P. Ritchie May 10, 2018

A Tradition Unlike Any Other® - The Masters® at Augusta National®

Hi everyone! You're favorite Trademarkologist-in-training is back! I apologize for not blogging last month but my husband, Chris, and I were at the 2018 Masters Tournament® in Augusta, Georgia! If that's not a "get-out-of-work-free card"...
by Rachel Dix Bishop May 07, 2018

Is a Design Mark Worth a Thousand Words?

Someone said a picture is worth a thousand words. If true, that would make it really difficult to compare a design mark and a word mark for likelihood of confusion purposes. Fortunately, a recent case...
by Alexandra MacKay April 13, 2018

Things Were Breaking Fast for the Serial Podcast Last Week

The groundbreaking Serial podcast was involved in two very different legal developments last week. The one that made the news involved its protagonist, Adnan Syed. The other, which you could be excused for having missed...
by John W. Scruton April 06, 2018

March -- What a Month! (Part 2)

No, even though we are down to the Final Four, I'm still not going to write about MARCH MADNESS®.Rather, I'm going to continue to write about Quinn, Riley, Skylar, and Toby â the four Nor'Easter...
by Joel T. Beres March 30, 2018