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The NFL and Trademarks

I have been receiving a multitude of questions lately about use of NFL logos.  I do give these folks a lot of credit for asking an attorney before moving forward with their ideas of using NFL logos.  Most of these folks are asking whether or not they can put NFL logos on certain things and […]

Obamacare and The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

With all the hoopla going on with the federal government these past couple of weeks and with it being more than likely to continue for at least a couple more, there is one word that it is impossible to avoid, Obamacare. Whether you are for or against Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, […]

Snowden – The Newest Name in Electric Cars?

Edward Snowden; you can hardly turn on the news or check out a newspaper without seeing his face plastered across some headline. His has become a household name, not just in the United States but around the world. With this kind of name recognition, it is only a matter of time before some entity or […]

Honestly – The Honest Company or The Honest Toddler

For those of you with small children and those who are expecting, you may still be in awe of the vast amount of baby products out there. Not only are there more things available for your child then they could ever need, there are more and more parent blogs popping up, each with its own […]

Does Praying Infringe on Tebow Trademark?

Tim Tebow, a devout Christian last October successfully trademarked his one knee, head on fisted hand pose.  Does anyone else find this disturbing and slightly offensive?  Call me Catholic (oh wait I am), but I do believe that trademark pose is something we all have been doing and practicing long before Mr. Tebow showed up […]

Kate Middleton Trademarks Her Name for Charity

Kate Middleton is making news this week and it has nothing to do with her baby bump.  The Duchess of Cambridge has applied to the U.K.’s Intellectual Property Office to trademark her name for charitable goods. She and her husband, Prince William, started The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge back in […]

March Madness and Other NCAA Trademarks

By: Mark R. Malek So the big tournament starts tonight – that’s right, we are starting with 64 teams and the team that goes through the tournament undefeated brings home the big trophy.  Half the fun is looking for that Cinderella team that upsets a few teams on the way, maybe even makes it to […]

Is Susan G. Komen for the Cure® a Trademark Bully?

When does fighting to protect a trademark borderline on trademark bullying?  Trademarks are established to protect an individual’s, a corporation’s, or non-profit organization’s creative work.  What happens when the trademark owner takes protecting their trademark too far as to be deemed as domineering?  The best examples of crossing the line can be witnessed with non-profit […]

Five Classic Examples of Trademark

What is a company trademark? “A trademark is any name, symbol, figure, letter, word, or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate his or her goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others.” – defined by There are many different types of distinctive marks […]

Protect Your Trademark from Infringement on Social Media Sites

In today’s web 2.0 world, it is even harder for companies to protect their trademarks.  With more and more people interacting on these social media sites, we see more cases of trademark infringement.  Many times the infringers are not even aware that what they are doing is illegal.  For example, fans of a product or […]

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