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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

Latest Oatmeal Lawsuit Involves Greeting Cards

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Remember when we talked about the legal tussle between The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman and website FunnyJunk? Even though that has settled down, Inman now faces another lawsuit — this time for trademark infringement. Oatmeal Studios is suing Inman and Papyrus-Recycled Greetings over a line of greeting cards that Inman has agreed to create and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 30th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Oprah Goes Organic with New Trademarks

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Oprah Winfrey has filed several trademark applications that would cover a variety of organic foods, personal care items, and other products. The talk show host queen’s move to trademark “Oprah’s Organics” as well as “Oprah’s Harvest” and “Oprah’s Farm” indicate that Winfrey is likely seeking to expand her empire into previously uncharted territory: food, specifically […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 18th, 2012 at 10:20 am

College Quarterback Moves to Trademark ‘Johnny Football’ Nickname

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Johnny Manziel aka Johnny Football has made a big impact on Texas A&M University football this fall, and now he’d like to make sure no one else can profit from using his hard-earned nickname. Manziel’s family is working with the university to trademark “Johnny Football” now that they’ve received word that someone else has filed […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 17th, 2012 at 10:18 am

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Apple Loses Trademark Battle with Mexico’s iFone

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A Mexico court has denied Apple’s request for an injunction that would have stopped the Mexican company iFone from using its own trademarked name on its products — but don’t worry readers in Mexico! You can still purchase an iPhone 5 in your country. How does that work, you may be wondering? Well, the legal […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 8th, 2012 at 10:44 am

Agreements Reached in ‘Who Dat?’ Lawsuit

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Who dat going to appear in federal court next week? Not the parties who were involved in a legal dispute over the New Orleans Saints fans’ phrase “Who Dat?” Settlements reached by a recording company, restaurant, and two clothing vendors will allow everyone to avoid a trial that had been scheduled to begin Monday, November […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 1st, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Nutella Sends Cease and Desist Over Milkshake

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Ferrero, Nutella’s parent company, has sent a cease and desist order to Boloco, who have sold a Nutella milkshake at their stores for 14 years. Ferrero is fine with Boloco, a Boston-based burrito chain, continuing to use Nutella in a milkshake; the Italian company just doesn’t want its trademarked “Nutella” used in the name. The […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 25th, 2012 at 10:25 am

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Sony Alleges Trademark Infringement Over Bridgestone/Nintendo Ad

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Sony has sued Bridgestone Americas and an advertising firm over an advertisement starring an actor who used to feature prominently in Sony ads. The tale began several years ago when Sony began an ad campaign for Playstation 3 that featured actor Jerry Lambert playing the role of fictional Sony VP Kevin Butler. According to Sony, […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 12th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Legal Battle Over Warhol’s Banana Art

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Who owns the rights to the Andy Warhol banana on the cover of the the Velvet Underground’s 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico? That is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the rock band against The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts earlier this year. Back in 2009, the Foundation accused the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 10th, 2012 at 10:40 am

New Book Cover for Recipient of ‘Most Polite Cease and Desist Letter Ever Written’

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Remember the most polite cease and desist letter ever written, the one from Jack Daniel’s to author Patrick Wensink, who the company felt was infringing on its trademarked label? To refresh your memory, this is from the letter: We are certainly flattered by your affection for the brand, but while we appreciate the pop culture […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 5th, 2012 at 10:53 am