Trademarks

Monster Energy Opposes Teenager's Trademark Application Over Logos Not At All Similar

Monster Energy. The company's name is enough to set the average Techdirt reader's eyes rolling. The company that makes sugar-heavy energy drinks has become essentially a caricature of an overly aggressive trademark enforcer. This habit is somewhat...

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So Apple Actually Wants To Trademark The Iphone 11's 'slofie'

Apple wants to trademark Slofie, a word associated with its iPhone 11 lineup.       
Related topics: Apple, Iphone, Mobile Technology

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Ab Inbev Fails To Get 'patagonia' Trademark Suit Dismissed

Earlier this year, we discussed a trademark suit brought against Anheuser-Busch InBev by Patagonia, the famed outer-wear maker known best for its association with skiing and outdoor sports apparel. While we usually make a big deal about market...
Related topics: Anheuser-Busch

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Samsung Galaxy Patent Shows Phone With Retractable Screen

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 10+ in August, however, now patents of an unreleased Galaxy handset are showing up online.On February 21st, 2019, Samsung filed a patent to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a new handset with...
Related topics: Samsung, Mobile Technology, Samsung Galaxy Note, Patents

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First They Came For 'face' And I Did Not Speak Out Because I... Have No Face? Then They Came For...

Don't panic: Off and f*ck still free from Zuckerberg, for now Facebook has applied to trademark the word "book" in Europe.…
Related topics: Facebook, Social Media

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Uspto Drops Its Demands For Applicants' Green Cards

The US Patent and Trademark Office's side venture into immigration enforcement has come to an abrupt end. It recently instituted a US attorney requirement for foreigners filing trademark applications with the Office. This was apparently done to...
Related topics: Patents, Immigration

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Tyler, The Creator – “a Boy Is A Gun” Video

Tyler, The Creator's excellent Igor has thus far only yielded one of Tyler's trademark music videos, for lead single "Earfquake." Today that numbers doubles with a visual for one of the album's most low-key tracks, "A Boy Is A Gun." It features Tyle
Related topics: Entertainment Videos

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Kelly Ripa Stuns At U.s.-mexico Border In Photos Driving Instagram Into Meltdown

Kelly Ripa is driving Instagram into meltdown and some might argue that she did it in the most moving and beautiful way possible. The Live! with Kelly and Ryan host might have family throwbacks as her trademark on the platform, but not everything...
Related topics: Entertainment Photos, Instagram

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Ichiro Suzuki Takes A Final Bow, Still Perfecting A New Craft

Since he transitioned to an instructor role with the Mariners, Suzuki has applied his trademark meticulousness in a new area: throwing batting-practice pitches.
Related topics: Seattle Mariners

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Liverpool Fc Fans Plan Protest Of Their Own Club Over Trademark Issue

It was only a few weeks back that we were discussing Liverpool FC, a soccer team playing in the UK Premier League, attempting to get a trademark for "Liverpool", the city in which it plays. While the club has made a point of reminding the public...
Related topics: Liverpool, Protests

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Can We Start Trying To Make Amy Happen?

Matt Drudge takes the lead:My favorite part was when there was all this crosstalk and she busted out with: "A house divided cannot stand!"I'm thinking, come on, Amy! That can be your trademark! When other people are talking, you just call out an old...

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The Ohio State University Loses Its Trademark Application For 'the'

Over the past several weeks, we have been discussing a ridiculous trademark application filed by the Ohio State University for the word "the." This entire episode has been a painful reminder of the fallout of the permission culture that has risen up...

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International Trademark Association: Web Editor

Up to $85,000 per + Benefits, Bonus, 401k: International Trademark Association: Who We Are: The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting tradem... New York City

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Intellectual Property Is Neither Intellectual, Nor Property: Discuss

Well over a decade ago I tried to explain why things like copyright and patents (and especially trademarks) should not be considered "intellectual property," and that focusing on the use of "property" helped to distort nearly every policy debate...
Related topics: Patents, Debate

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Lebron Got Dunked On By The Trademark Office For Taco Tuesday. How He Can Steal Back Goodwill

With his trademark application denied, LeBron can still flip the script on some bad optics. One of the biggest NBA stories of the last week was the fact that LeBron James applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the...
Related topics: LeBron James, Patents

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The Ohio State University Told It Can't Trademark 'the'

OSU, short for The Ohio State University, proposed trademarking hats and shirts that drop most of the school's name and just read "the." But the U.S. Patent and Trademark office said "no."
Related topics: Patents

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Uspto Gets One Right: Refuses To Allow Farmers Market To Trademark City's Nickname

We don't spend a great deal of time here patting the USPTO on the back for getting things right, but occasionally the agency surprises us. When it comes to trademarks being granted for city or town names, the Trademark Office has a higher bar for...

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Uspto Gets One Right: Refuses To Allow Farmers Market To Trademark City's Nickname

We don't spend a great deal of time here patting the USPTO on the back for getting things right, but occasionally the agency surprises us. When it comes to trademarks being granted for city or town names, the Trademark Office has a higher bar for...

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Lebron James Denied Trademark For ‘taco Tuesday’

LeBron James has been denied his trademark application for the phrase “Taco Tuesday,” signifying that there is justice in the world. James began making a huge “Taco Tuesday” push on social media this summer and then moved to...
Related topics: Social Media

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In ‘ms Monopoly,’ Women Make More Than Men

In the latest update of the classic board game Monopoly unveiled Tuesday, the trademark real estate tycoon has been replaced by his socially-minded niece: an advocate who invests in female entrepreneurs. In “Ms Monopoly,” players collect...

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