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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

Kardashians Face Legal Troubles Over Khroma Beauty Line

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Two separate companies are involved in trademark infringement disputes with the Kardashian sisters and Boldface Group Inc., which markets their beauty line, over the name Khroma. In one lawsuit, Chroma Cosmetics claims trademark infringement over the similar name. Chroma apparently first learned of the idea of using the name Khroma via an episode of Keeping […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 19th, 2013 at 10:09 am

Batmobile Copyright Lawsuit Could Be Racing to the Finish

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Holy lawsuit, Batman! Sorry, couldn’t resist. Later this month, a judge is set to rule on whether a car builder who constructs replica Batmobiles is violating copyrights and trademarks of DC Comics. The lawsuit originates from a 2011 complaint filed by DC Comics, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., against Mark Towle, owner of […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 8th, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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Facebook Moves to Trademark Its ‘Poke’ App

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Just before the holidays, Facebook filed trademark applications involving its new iPhone app, Poke. The social media giant filed trademark applications for “Poke,” “Facebook Poke,” and the logo on December 21. Facebook users may recognize the concept of the “poke” from the earliest days of the social network. Via “poke,” one user could nudge another […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 7th, 2013 at 10:04 am

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Who Owns ‘Peace Through Strength?’

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Although the holidays are traditionally a time for peace and goodwill toward men, that concept apparently does not extend to trademark battles. Two conservative groups and several members of President Ronald Reagan’s national security team disagree over who owns or should own the phrase “peace through strength,” which Reagan made popular during his electoral campaign […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 27th, 2012 at 5:45 am

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NBA Moves to Trademark Pelicans and Other Names

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Word around the Interwebs is that the National Basketball Association (NBA) has filed for trademark protection for five different nicknames for the New Orleans franchise. The applications, as first reported by a Milwaukee Bucks fan site, Behind the Buck Pass, list the following names: Pelicans, Rougarou, Mosquitos, Swamp Dogs, and Bullsharks, and were filed by […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 23rd, 2012 at 8:29 am

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Alicia Keys Sued for Copyright Infringement

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A songwriter has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Alicia Keys after an entertainment blogger noted similarities between one of his songs and Keys’ “Girl on Fire.” The Hollywood Reporter shares a copy of the complaint, which alleges that Keys lifted from “Lonely Boy,” co-written by Earl Shuman in 1962. “Lonely Boy” was recorded in […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 21st, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Dunkin’ Donuts Fails to Trademark ‘Best Coffee in America’

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Coffee and donut chain Dunkin’ Donuts’ attempt to trademark the phrase “Best Coffee in America” has been tentatively denied by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. A trademark is a word, phrase, or symbol legally registered to let consumers know the source of goods and services so they can distinguish between them easily. But in […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 8th, 2012 at 9:44 am

Copyright Battle of the Yogis: ‘Hot Yoga’ Settlement Reached

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In the case of teacher versus student, Greg Gumucio has agreed to stop using world-renowned yogi Bikram Choudhury’s “hot yoga” routine in his New York studios. Choudhury had sued his former student alleging the copyright infringement of his sequence of 26 yoga poses taught in a 90-minute course in a 105-degree room, a system commonly […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 7th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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