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Don’t Take a Bite Out of the Cronut® Name

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In May of 2013, Chef Dominique Ansel introduced the Cronut, a croissant-donut pastry, to customers at his eatery, the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. The dessert has been so revered since then that customers line up around the block every single morning outside of the bakery, sometimes arriving before 7 a.m. in order to […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

March 11th, 2014 at 8:09 am

Even Hells Angels Protect Their Brand

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Mess with a bike gang, and land yourself a legal battle. It’s as if the notorious Hells Angels have traded in their leather jackets for blazers and ties after racking up over a dozen cases in federal court to protect their brand. The more popular they became since the group’s inception 65 years ago, the […]

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Written by Phil Corso

December 30th, 2013 at 10:05 am

Judge Rules Pirate Joe’s Can Continue Feeding Canadians

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If you live within a 25-mile radius of Trader Joe’s, or even if you don’t, you may identify with this story. Trader Joe’s is a California based specialty retail grocery store carrying their own store branded items. For many Americans, it’s a favorite place to shop for something new and fun, especially with the change […]

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Written by Lisa Johnson, Esq.

October 22nd, 2013 at 9:00 am

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Flipboard and Flowboard in Trademark Dispute

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Treemo, maker of the Flowboard app, has asked a court to declare that it has not infringed on the trademark of Flipboard’s name or logo. Brent Brookler, founder and CEO of Treemo, maintains that Flipboard has “continued to threaten” his company since the release of the Flowboard app in April and would just like the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 31st, 2013 at 9:01 am

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“Birdman” May Soon Be Trademarked

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Chris “Birdman” Andersen of the NBA’s Miami Heat is seeking to trademark his nickname so that others cannot profit by using his name or likeness. Andersen is well-known for the spark he has provided to the Heat in this season’s playoffs, his mohawk and colorful tattoos, as well as for his charitable work. As Andersen’s […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 26th, 2013 at 11:23 am

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Two “Boston Strong” Trademark Applications Cause Controversy

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Two trademark applications for “Boston Strong” filed shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings are causing some online controversy. Huffington Post has reported that two separate applications were made to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to secure the exclusive rights to use the phrase on merchandise. Both were filed on April 17, two days after […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 26th, 2013 at 11:18 am

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Apple in Trademark Battle Over EarPods

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Randolph Divisions, maker of the HearPod digital hearing aid, has sued Apple over its EarPods, alleging trademark infringement — literally making a federal case out of it in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. All this fuss over something that you stick in your ear? Yes, according to Patently Apple, because […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 4th, 2013 at 9:39 am

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Duchess of Cambridge Trademarks Name for Clothing Line

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Across the pond, Kate Middleton has applied to trademark her title, the Duchess of Cambridge to be used on “a wide range of goods and services,” namely clothing — possibly including baby wear. The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her first child in July with Prince William, though the couple has been famously low-key about […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 3rd, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Grumpy Cat Files for Trademark Protection

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Fresh off her appearance at SXSW, Grumpy Cat is on her way to being trademarked. If you’ve been on Reddit or Facebook over the past few months, you have surely seen Tardar Sauce, better known as Grumpy Cat, with her sour puss and sarcastic captions such as “I had fun once. It was awful.” Well, […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 20th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Apple Seeks Agreement with iPhone Trademark Holder in Brazil

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Following up on our post Apple Appealing iPhone Trademark Ruling in Brazil, there is news that Apple may be close to an agreement with the company that currently holds the iPhone trademark in Brazil. Forbes has reported news from the Folha de São Paulo that Apple and IGB Gradiente are seeking a “pacific agreement” regarding the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 18th, 2013 at 10:17 am

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