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Trademark Law

559 ABA Journal Trademark Law articles.

Are software patents about to make a comeback? Revised guidance may do just that

Revised rules from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office could bolster software patents.

Published in early January, the rules would affect subject matter eligibility for patents under 35…

SCOTUS to decide whether ban on ‘scandalous’ trademarks is constitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether the Lanham Act’s ban on “immoral” and “scandalous” trademarks violates the First Amendment.

The challenge was filed by a clothing…

Maker of Pooey Puitton toy purses asks federal court to find there is no Louis Vuitton infringement

The maker of Bratz dolls is opening up a new litigation front in a lawsuit seeking to establish that its Pooey Puitton toy purses don’t infringe the intellectual property rights…

Girl Scouts file trademark lawsuit against Boy Scouts

A year after the Boy Scouts of America decided in 2017 to start admitting girls, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have sued over what it says is a national consumer confusion problem with the two organizations’ trademarks.

HBO responds to Trump tweet: ‘How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?’

President Donald Trump was warning Iran about U.S. sanctions when he posted a tweet on Friday, but it was HBO that publicly took umbrage.

Trump tweeted: “Sanctions are Coming, November…

Cybersquatters have taken advantage of BigLaw mergers to beat those firms to the trademark registry

Chinese copycats have long bedeviled popular brands in fashion and consumer products, but cybersquatters in China now target major global law firms–registering names, especially well-known brand or company names, as internet domains, with the hope of reselling them for a profit.

Florida lawyer who uses ‘Ever Argued With a Woman?’ slogan sues law firm for alleged infringement

Bartow, Florida, lawyer Melissa Wilson uses the slogan “Ever Argued With a Woman?” and she is not afraid to argue about it.

In a federal suit filed Tuesday, Wilson…

Physician calling himself ‘the real Dr. Joshi’ sues indicted doctor with the same name

A Chicago-area pain management physician, dubbed “the real Dr. Joshi,” has filed suit against a physician with the same name who pleaded guilty in July to illegally distributing opioid medications.

In-N-Out Burger sends pun-filled letter to beer maker to address ‘brewing’ trademark issue

In-N-Out Burger has advised the makers of In-N-Stout beer that it wants to “hop to action” to resolve a “brewing” trademark issue “in good spirits.”

In-N-Out sent its pun-filled cease-and-desist…

SpongeBob and the ‘oh, please!’ standard of trademark foolishness

The moments are rare, but they exist—moments when a plaintiff’s screams for justice are (almost) drowned out by the cries of laughter from a courthouse. Today, we bring you an interesting new case of epic proportions: the trademark dispute of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Law firm that used job candidate’s statements in lawsuit won’t be sanctioned

A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to sanction a law firm accused of secretly recording a job interview with a former employee of a litigation opponent and then…

Lawyers for Velcro use music video to offer thanks for angry feedback on trademark plea

Those aren’t lawyers on Velcro Companies’ new music video thanking the public for its angry feedback. They are actors playing lawyers.


LeBron James hit with trademark suit over his barbershop-based web series

LeBron James and his multimedia platform, Uninterrupted, were sued by a Detroit barbershop that claims trademark infringement over the NBA star’s web series.

Sanctions motion argues law firm secretly recorded job interview to gain information for suit

Updated: A motion filed last Wednesday claims a law firm secretly recorded a job interview with a former employee of a litigation opponent and then used the information in the lawsuit.

2 Illinois law firms using the name O’Keefe settle their legal battle

Chicago law firm O’Keefe Lyons & Hynes has settled a trademark infringement suit against the O’Keefe Law Firm in suburban LaGrange, Illinois.

O’Keefe Lyons had filed the federal lawsuit…

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