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Trademark Law

562 ABA Journal Trademark Law articles.

Trademark Concerns Derail Auction of Motorized Recliner That Isn’t a La-Z-Boy

Bidding had reached more than $40,000 on a motorized recliner seized after its owner was accused of driving the chair home from a bar while drunk.

But the eBay auction…

Ex-Associate Badmouths Former Firm in Legal Blog

It isn’t what an attorney would generally recommend to a client. But attorney Edward Harrington Heyburn says he was willing to risk litigation when he created a legal blog that…

Chamber of Commerce Sues ‘Yes Men’ for Fake News Conference (See Video)

A group of pranksters called the Yes Men is facing a lawsuit for impersonating the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at a news conference.

The chamber is suing the Yes Men…

Google ‘Adwords’ Don’t Violate Trademark Law, Adviser Tells EU Court

In an opinion that could point the way for a first-of-a-kind court ruling in the European Union, an adviser to the European Court of Justice says the use of a…

Pfizer Wins Injunction Banning N.Y. Man’s ‘Viva Viagra’ Missile Stunt

A federal judge has sided with Pfizer in an unusual trademark dispute over its erectile disfunction drug Viagra, granting a permanent injunction banning a New York man from towing a…

Co. Files Suit over Actual Light Fixture Based on Animated Pixar Lamp Persona

Seeing a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company create an animated desk-lamp character on the silver screen that apparently was based on its own actual lamp design didn’t bother a…

Quackers!

Lawyers frequently have been accused of tarnishing the reputation of the legal profession by filing frivolous lawsuits (McDonald’s coffee, anyone?), so when a tour boat operator recently sued a competitor…

Paris Hilton Allowed to Sue Hallmark Over ‘That’s Hot’ Phrase

A federal appeals court has ruled Paris Hilton may sue Hallmark for using her photograph and her trademarked catchphrase, “That’s hot.”

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

Goldman Sachs Backs Down in Trademark Battle With Blogger

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has backed down from an earlier claim that a blogger critical of the investment bank was violating its trademark.

After sending a cease-and-desist letter earlier this…

Super (Hot) Dog (Trademark) Fight Breaks Out in Court

Who’s the original Superdawg?

That would be the one in Chicago that’s been serving up frankfurters since 1948 on the city’s northwest side. And this Superdawg—a food TV favorite easily…

Cards’ La Russa Announces Twitter Settlement, Site Denies It on Blog

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced Friday that Twitter agreed to pay his legal fees and make a donation to his animal rescue foundation to settle his suit…

Tony La Russa Sues Twitter over Imposter’s Page

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has sued Twitter claiming that the microblogging site refused to take down an imposter’s page that contained “derogatory and demeaning” remarks.

The suit…

In Battle of the Ducks, Company Claims Rights to Quacking Noise

It’s not exactly a dog-eat-dog battle. On one side is Bay Quackers. On the other is Ride the Ducks.

Both companies operate amphibious vehicles, known as ducks, in the city…

PI Attorneys Sue Google Over ‘Adwords’ Sale of Law Firm Name to Competitor

Two Connecticut personal injury lawyers are suing Google, contending that the Internet search engine improperly sold advertising rights concerning their law firm name to a competitor.

When Internet users type…

‘Fendi Crush’ was Highlight of Sotomayor’s IP Practice

Practicing intellectual property law at Pavia & Harcourt in the 1980s and 1990s offered U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor an early opportunity to demonstrate her legal eagle potential.

Representing…

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