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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

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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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

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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