Trademark Law

544 ABA Journal Trademark Law articles.

Did China speed up trademark approvals for the Trump Organization?

China recently granted approval for 38 trademarks sought by President Donald Trump’s family business for things that include hotels, golf clubs and bodyguard services.

Out of the 38 trademarks, 35…

Supreme Court appears skeptical of law barring registration of disparaging trademarks

A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared receptive to arguments by a dance-rock band that is challenging the federal ban on registration of disparaging trademarks.

The Asian-American…

Chemerinsky: Free speech on the SCOTUS docket

The January oral argument calendar includes two major cases about freedom of speech. Although they arise in quite different contexts, they each raise questions of how far the First Amendment…

Law firm can run ads targeting specific nursing home, Georgia Supreme Court rules

A Mississippi-based law firm seeking nursing home neglect and abuse cases didn’t violate Georgia trademark law by targeting PruittHealth Inc. in one of its ads, the Georgia Supreme Court has…

Dr. Seuss Enterprises sues over crowdfunded comic, ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!’

Dr. Seuss Enterprises has filed a trademark and copyright lawsuit over a crowdfunded book that is said to combine elements of Star Trek and Dr. Seuss.

The federal suit

ABA brief in disparaging trademarks case says denied registration doesn’t eliminate all protection

The ABA has filed an amicus brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case that considers whether a federal law banning the registration of disparaging trademarks is viewpoint discrimination that violates…

South Texas College of Law announces its latest new name

The South Texas College of Law has opted for a tweak rather than an entire name change after losing an injunction fight over its plan to change its name to…

Law school agrees to second name change after losing injunction fight in trademark suit

The South Texas College of Law has abandoned plans to change its name to the Houston College of Law after a federal judge enjoined use of the new name

Judge orders law school to stop using its new name

A federal judge in Texas has barred the newly named Houston College of Law from using the name.

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison granted a temporary injunction on Friday…

Supreme Court to consider law banning disparaging trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide the constitutionality of a law that bans registration of disparaging trademarks.

The court will decide the issue in the case of…

Apple faces some restrictions on use of term ‘iWatch’ in UK

A trademark opposition Swiss watch maker Swatch filed against Apple, involving the term “iWatch,” was recently granted by the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Office.

The agency found that the term,…

University of Houston Law Center sues over law school’s ‘strikingly similar’ new name

The University of Houston Law Center claims in a lawsuit that the South Texas College of law infringed its trademark by changing its name to the Houston College of Law…

Lawyer takes chicken restaurant’s trademarks in lieu of $200K in legal fees, launches a new career

Representing a Southern chicken-and-biscuits fast-food restaurant was not initially a lucrative career move for attorney John Buttolph.

His clients, struggling with a lack of capital, a loss of business for…

Use of ‘thanks’ in loyalty program will confuse consumers, Citigroup says in suit against AT&T

Does the use of “thanks” in an AT&T customer rewards program amount to trademark infringement?

Yes, says Citigroup Inc, and it will confuse consumers, because the bank has used the…

Law student prevails against Marvel and DC Comics over use of word ‘superhero’ in book title

A British businessman who is also a law student got some real-world legal experience over the last few years when the title of his self-help book, Business Zero to Superhero,…

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