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What is a “Merely Descriptive” Trademark?

November 06, 2017 11:11 am by Jonathan Schmig

Picking a strong mark to represent your business can be surprisingly challenging, especially for young businesses trying to establish themselves...

5 Small Businesses Intellectual Property Tips

November 21, 2016 02:11 pm by Jonathan Schmig

For most small businesses, the two most valuable considerations are of course time and money. Which is why many of...

What's The Difference Between Common Law & Registered Trademarks?

May 29, 2016 02:05 pm by Jackson McNeill

Trademarks prevent others from using your logo, slogan, or other mark. But trademark law is confusing. You may have even heard...

Disney Law and a Dead Mouse: The Trouble Behind The Deadmau5 Trademark

July 17, 2015 03:07 pm by Brent Lightfoot

Not all mice play nice.  When markets collide, a trademark clash will rise. Legendary Disney cartoon Mickey Mouse rocks a giant...

Federal Judge Orders USPTO To Cancel Washington Redskins Trademark

July 09, 2015 03:07 pm by Jackson McNeill

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the NFL Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations, which have been opposed for...

Amazon Faces Search Results Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

July 09, 2015 09:07 am by Jackson McNeill

An appellate court ruled that Amazon could be sued for trademark infringement on Tuesday, sending a major legal blow to...

The Washington Pandas: Trademark Squatting in the D.C. Area

June 03, 2015 11:06 am by Jonathan Schmig

These days, the name of Washington D.C.’s professional football team is generally viewed as offensive and in need of change....

Michael Jordan’s Newest Chinese Trademark Woes

May 18, 2015 03:05 pm by Jonathan Schmig

Michael Jordan has become the latest trademark “victim” of the Chinese intellectual property regime. The next stop for the former...

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The Fact-Specific Mess of Secondary Meaning in Trademark Law

May 11, 2015 06:05 pm by Jonathan Schmig

Trademark protection in the U.S. requires three things: that the mark be distinctive; that the mark be nonfunctional; and that...

Google Jumps Over Another Trademark Hurdle

July 29, 2014 01:07 pm by Sheren Javdan

Google has jumped through a major hoop in its efforts to register the word “Glass” as a federal trademark. Google’s...