Trademark Litigation

Trademarking a Sound Is a Sound Business Strategy

The MGM®  lion’s roar. The iconic “dun-dun” in episodes of Law & Order. The marimba ringtone that comes as the default ringtone on iPhones. There are certain sounds you can hear in your head just by reading a written description...
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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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Is The Rose Bowl Still The Rose Bowl If It Is Not Held In The Rose Bowl?

Before the pandemic hit, could anyone imagine the Rose Bowl being hosted anywhere other than Pasadena? Trademark litigation between the city and the Tournament of Roses Association suggests the people and organizations responsible for the long-standing New Year’s Day tradition...
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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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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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What’s Happening In The Intellectual Property World?

One thing that always keeps us interested in intellectual property is its huge role in everyday life. People of all ages are exposed to a staggering amount of material each day that is protected (or protectable) by copyright, trademark, and...
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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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New Year, Same Lawsuits

As tempting as it is to say "new year, new lawsuits," that's only partially true. Because while a slew of new suits will surely be filed in 2018, there are still plenty of pending cases that are worth watching even...
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Your Personal Name and Branding Advice

If you’ve read any of our prior blogs, you know that at the Lomnitzer Law Firm, we’re big proponents of protecting intellectual property rights. One question we get asked a lot is, what if your intellectual property is your personal...
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NFL Trademark Registration News

In an unprecedented move, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the trademark registration of the Washington Redskins. The team name has long been disputed as being disparaging to Native Americans, and now five Native Americans have convinced...
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