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Brand Owners: Own a New Top Level Domain–at a Price!

On June 20, 2011, the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) granted the expansion of the number of top-level domains (TLDs).  A TLD is one of the domains at the highest level in the hierarchical Domain Name System of the Internet.  The TLD is the portion of a domain name [...]

Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio from MTV’s Show “Jersey Shore” Sued for Trademark Infringement

On July 1, 2011, Paul “DJ Paulie” Lis of South Windsor, Connecticut sued Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio from MTV’s show “Jersey Shore” for trademark infringement.  Mr. Lis registered the marks “DJ PAULIE” and “DJ PAULIE’S WORLDWIDE COUNTDOWN” for “entertainment services in the nature of disc jockey services” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office [...]

The Best Global Brands

Recently, Interbrand, a leading brand consulting firm, released their ranking of the top 100 brands based on brand value. This is the ninth consecutive year that Interbrand has released the ranking. Interbrand reports that this is the first year that the aggregate value of the top 100 brands has declined, a loss of about 4.6% [...]

Prius Patent Infringement

Recently, Paice LLC filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) claiming Toyota is infringing its patent. The ITC was set up to protect U.S. markets from unfair trade practices. To protect U.S. markets, the ITC has the power to order U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to block products that infringe on U.S. [...]

Oprah Sues Acai Berry Advertisers For Trademark Infringement

Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently filed lawsuits against three suppliers and one marketer of the Acai berry in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  The lawsuits allege that the companies use deceptive techniques to lure customers, prematurely charge their credit cards, and make it almost impossible to cancel orders of the berry. Madigan stated “[t]he [...]

Virtual Trademark

Massively multiplayer online games (“MMO”) are online role playing games where players from all over the world interact with one another. Often in MMOs, a player creates a character, also known as an avatar, which becomes an embodiment of the player in the game. MMO players may set up a virtual business where they provide [...]

The Microsoft Store

On July 28, 2009, Microsoft Corporation filed an application for a trademark in the U.S. Trademark Office. The application, U.S. Serial No. 77/791,528, seeks registration of a design in International Class 35 for “retail store services and online retail services featuring computers, computer hardware, software, computer games, computer peripherals, portable music players and accessories, personal [...]

Possible Changes to Come in the USPTO

After the announcement that David Kappos was nominated for the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), there has been much speculation about possible reform programs that Kappos may enact.  The USTPO faces a few major problems due to the increase in applications and complexity of technology.  The USPTO is backlogged with [...]

Your Name Here ®

On July 15, 2009, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum opened an exhibit commemorating Michael Jackson by displaying his patents and trademarks.  The exhibit is hosted at the USPTO building in Alexandria, Virginia.  The exhibit features drawings from a patent Michael held (see article: [...]

A Cocktail Trademark

Gosling’s Export is a two century old company from Bermuda. The company’s signature product is a rum called Black Seal. Gosling’s website, http://www.goslingsrum.com/home.asp, shares a recipe for a drink, invented in Bermuda around WWI, called the “Dark ‘N Stormy.” The “Dark ‘N Stormy” is made by filling a tall glass with ice, adding two ounces [...]