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Hang Out with Joe Escalante and East Bay Ray at SXSW

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We’re headed back to Austin for South by Southwest Music Conference and this year we’ll have two great events! Get educated at our panel, then join us for happy hour to unwind. Infamous Band Disputes & How to Avoid Them When: Thursday, March 14 @ 3:30pm Where: Austin Convention Center Room 17A Hear about the trials, tribulations and […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

March 5th, 2013 at 11:56 am

Italian Company Defends Jesus Trademark

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The Italian company that owns the “Jesus” trademark for use on clothing in the U.S. has objected to a Virginia man’s application to register “Jesus Surfed.” Jesus Jeans, owned by Turin-based BasicNet S.p.A., has held the trademark for the word “Jesus” for use on clothing and sportswear since 2007—and it has been fighting off would-be […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 1st, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Apple Appealing iPhone Trademark Ruling in Brazil

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Brazil’s copyright regulator, INPI, has ruled that the “iphone” trademark rightfully belongs to a Brazilian company; Apple has already appealed. Gradiente Eletronica SA filed a request to trademark “iphone” in 2000 and was granted permission to use it in 2008. The company launched its own “iphone” line in December 2012. Apple began applying for “iPhone” […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 21st, 2013 at 5:44 am

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Chubby Checker Sues Over Risque App That Used His Name

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Singer-songwriter Chubby Checker has twisted his way into a lawsuit over an app that used his name and guessed the size of a man’s penis based on his shoe size. “The Chubby Checker,” put out by Hewlett Packard and Palm Inc. but developed by a third-party, was available for 99 cents; it was pulled in […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 20th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Indiana Farmer Takes On Monsanto at Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court will soon hear arguments over a patent dispute between Monsanto and an Indiana farmer. The case began in 1999 when Vernon Bowman, a 75-year-old soybean farmer, planted unmarked animal feed grains on his land; when they matured, the plants contained Roundup Ready, “the popular herbicide-resistant genetic trait . . . that Monsanto […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 15th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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School Board Seeks to Hold Copyrights of Student & Staff Work

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A Maryland school board has presented a proposal that would turn over the copyrights of staff- and student-produced work to the school system. As the Washington Post notes, this “could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 9th, 2013 at 10:04 am

Turkish Man May Have Secured “Steve Jobs” Trademark

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Patently Apple reports that a Turkish man may have secured the trademark for “Steve Jobs” in Turkey. According to a Turkish blogger, Kamil Kürekçi applied for the trademark for use in connection with a textile brand, likely a line of clothing — which leads one to wonder whether black turtlenecks called the “Steve Jobs” line […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 4th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

49ers Quarterback Moves to Trademark “Kaepernicking”

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has applied for a trademark of the term “Kaepernicking,” the pose he strikes after scoring a touchdown in which his puckered lips motion a kiss toward his flexed bicep. Kaepernick is hardly the first athlete to attempt to trademark a term linked with him. Over the past several months, […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 2nd, 2013 at 9:24 am

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Apple Trademarks Store Design

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple’s application to trademark its “distinctive design and layout” of a retail store. The store set-up is described as “[r]ectangular tables arranged in a line in the middle of the store parallel to the walls and extending from the storefront to the back of the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 1st, 2013 at 1:02 pm

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Does Subway ‘Footlong’ Controversy Have Legs?

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We first spotted word of the Subway ‘footlong’ controversy at BuzzFeed, but now that several media outlets have served versions of the tale, we’re going to have to dig in. What’s this all about? Well, there’s a trademark issue involved in here somewhere — but bear with us for a second first. OK, so this […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 22nd, 2013 at 4:05 pm