Trademark Law

Trademark Infringement in Domain Names

Protecting your company’s image and reputation in the marketplace is a vital part of doing business. In today’s connected world, a crucial part of this process involves having a functional and identifiable website. The domain name of this website can...
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The Big Risks of Trademark Infringement on Sports Leagues

Sports leagues and individual teams have long pursued trademarks in an attempt to protect their intellectual property. From professional sports to the collegiate ranks, teams and leagues alike have aggressively tried to protect their trademarks related to the names and...
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Dispute Between Florida Brewery and Rapper Bad Bunny Reinforces the Importance of Trademark Categories

A trademark dispute is impacting the ability of a Hialeah, Florida brewery to continue selling one of its signature products. Rapper Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, better known by his stage name Bad Bunny, is engaged in a trademark lawsuit that...
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Winning Streak Turns Tampa Bay Into Champa Bay

During the past year, the Lightning won the Stanley Cup, the Rays made it to the World Series, and the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl. The teams gave all of us in South Florida something to cheer for in the...
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USPTO Rushing To Implement The Trademark Modernization Act

As part of the December 2020 COVID-19 relief bill/appropriations act, Congress made significant changes to the law governing trademarks. The new provisions are scheduled to go into effect by December 27, 2021, so the United States Patent and Trademark Office...
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Can’t We All Just Get Along? Artist Name Dispute Is Bad PR for the Band Formerly Known as Lady Antebellum

In an attempt to lend support to the Black Lives Matter movement, the well known country artists formerly known as Lady Antebellum announced in June 2020 that they would be changing their name to Lady A. In the process, they...
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A U.S. Trademark Application Requires a U.S. Attorney

What’s New? As of August 3rd, 2019 all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings - yes Canada this includes you with limited exceptions - will be required to be represented by an attorney...
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What the Fuct?

Ending a nearly two year debate the Supreme Court, in Iancu v. Brunetti No. 18-302 (U.S. June 24, 2019), finally reached a decision on whether the Lanham Act provision ban on the registration of “immoral or scandalous” trademarks is constitutional…the answer is...
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Federal Trademark Protection for Hemp Derived Cannabis Products Now a Possibility

2018 Farm Bill and its Impact on Trademark Law Although marijuana has become legal in many states, either medical and/or recreational, it is still illegal under federal law. According to case law and the rules of the United States Patent...
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Dr. Dre, Dr. Drai, And What It Takes To Trademark Your Name

At the intersection of branding, marketing, and commerce is trademark law. These are generally corporate concepts – and so, understandably, most people think of trademarks as something that applies to companies. But what happens when an individual is the company...
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