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Linsanity Trademark Battle: The China Edition

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Last week we talked about the race to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register the word “Linsanity” in reference to Jeremy Lin, the NBA’s latest breakout superstar. But who could have imagined that a similar race in China has already seemingly been won by a sports ball manufacturer? Reuters reports that in July […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 1st, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Lego Intellectual Property Rights Become International Incident

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In a legal battle over plastic, interconnecting construction blocks, Mega Brands Inc. is asking a federal court in California to invalidate Lego’s trademark. The most recent incarnation of this ongoing dispute between the two companies arose because of an announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection that it is clamping down on toy imports. In […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 18th, 2012 at 6:20 am

Twitter Fighting Twittad Over Tweet Trademark

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Twitter is chirping mad over the 2008 trademark registration of the phrase “Let Your Ad Meet Tweets” by Twittad, an advertising company with services for use on the microblogging king; now the company has brought suit in California to fight it. Although Twitter owns the trademarks for “retweet,” “cotweet,” and “tweetdeck,” it apparently lost the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 14th, 2011 at 6:00 am

What’s the Difference Between Separation and Divorce? And More Free Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 9/9/11

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Candy: What’s the difference between separation and divorce? Joe Escalante: A divorce ends the marriage permanently. A legal separation does not. You have a court order that outlines the rights and responsibilities of each spouse while they are living apart, but you are still legally married. You cannot marry another during this time for example. That would be bigamy, or an HBO series.

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

September 13th, 2011 at 9:54 am

Madonna Loses First Round of “Material Girl” Trademark Lawsuit

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Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood Reporter, Esq. reports that Madonna has lost the first round trademark battle over the “Material Girl” clothing line as a federal judge refused to dismiss a Los Angeles clothing company’s infringement claim against her.

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 7th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Kellogg’s Battling Maya Group Over Toucan Trademark

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Neither Toucan Golf’s “GolfBird” nor MAI’s toucan, presumably, possesses either these physical characteristics nor super-avian ceral-locating abilities. Nonetheless, Kellogg’s is “concerned about both consumer confusion and a dilution of our strong equity in these marks,” as stated in a letter from Kellogg’s Corporate Counsel David Herdman in a letter to MAI.

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 7th, 2011 at 11:12 am

Anheuser-Busch Files Trademark Applications for Area Codes

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Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev has filed applications to trademark 15 telephone area codes across the country, seemingly with an eye toward producing beer to be sold in specific markets. Trademark applications for the following area codes have been filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the International Class 32 (beer): 202: […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 25th, 2011 at 7:49 am

Advancing an Inheritance, Red Light Tickets and More – Free Joe Friday 5/27/11

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Do you really have to pay the red light photo tickets that are taken with a camera?

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