• Destination: Europe

    If your business unit wants to expand operations into the European Union, it falls on the shoulders of the legal department to develop a strategy to protect your valuable intellectual property, and to do so within a certain budget.

  • A rose by any other name? Not McSweet.

    Once the Board summarily concluded that McDonald’s had standing and priority, it turned to the main question: whether McDonald’s could prove McSweet’s use of the name McSweet was likely to cause confusion.

  • Trademark ‘Great Pretenders’ get a break from Supreme Court

    Herb Reed and similar decisions following the reasoning of eBay have elevated the burden of proof for plaintiffs, and provided defendants — “Great Pretenders” or not — with a more favorable playing field in surviving trademark challenges.

  • Fail Hydra: Marvel looks to Avenge leaked trailer

    The entertainment giant has requested that the U.S. District for the North District of California issue a subpoena to Google in order to get information about the evildoer who leaked the trailer in the first place.

  • Beauty may be skin-deep, but not this mark!

    In a ruling that's certain to—ahem!—get under Skincode's skin, the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board recently dismissed the Swiss firm's opposition to registration of the mark SWISSCODE by Sweden's Skin Concept.

  • Aereo’s request for reclassification denied

    Aereo, you may remember, is the tech company that offered devices capable of catching broadcast signals without a cable subscription at the center of a prominent Supreme Court case in June.

  • Comics and copyrights at New York Comic Con, Part 2

    Part one of this series brought you some key takeaways from a New York Comic Con panel on comics and copyrights that featured attorneys Sheafe Walker of the Law Office of Sheafe Walker, Matthew Tynan of Pelosi Wolf Effron & Spates, Thomas Crowell of Lane Sash and Larabee, and comics...

  • The phantom lives!

    The question the TTAB determined that it had to decide was whether Enterprise's omission of either the term FLEET MANAGEMENT or COMMERCIAL TRUCKS in the mark changes the commercial impression of the mark. The Board felt that it did not.

  • Comics and copyrights at New York Comic Con, Part 1

    The Kirby case – and several other high-profile copyright cases involving comics creators – has shone a spotlight on the most important intellectual property issue for comics creators, that of copyright ownership.

  • SCOTUS considering arguments that will change the way you think about registering trademarks

    If B&B Hardware wins its pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court, trademark owners may need to think more carefully about what trademarks they apply to register and which ones they choose to fight about in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

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