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Pacifico Defends its Trademark Rights on Canadian Soil

Posted in Trademark Law

Another intellectual property dispute has arisen in the brewing industry. This time, however, the battle took place on Canadian soil. British Columbia based Pacific Western Brewing (“PWB”) sued renowned Mexican brewery Cerveceria del Pacifico (“CDP”), arguing the latter’s name was confusingly similar to PWB’s various brew-related trademarks. For those who do not know, Cerveceria del… Continue Reading

Does Trump Own “Make America Great Again?”

Posted in Trademark Law

As I frequently mention in my articles, trademark law is a much more prevalent part of the average person’s life than they realize. We are surrounded by the trademarks of numerous companies every time that we step outside, or even when we look around our own homes. However, we would not generally expect for trademark… Continue Reading

Air Jordan Grounded in China

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Michael Jordan is considered by many  to be the greatest basketball player of all time. Beyond his five MVP trophies and six NBA championship rings, however Jordan also was the one of the most widely marketed athletic personalities in history. His name and image ultimately became iconic when Nike developed a new type of basketball… Continue Reading

Keep Calm and Sip Some Sparkling Wine

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Many who enjoy champagne have noticed that their favorite cuvée has quietly changed its label. Many of the world’s bottles of bubbly now indicate that they contain “sparkling wine” when they used to be “champagne.” Those who enjoy Basmati rice or Camembert cheese also have noticed changes to the names of their favorite products. What… Continue Reading

That Would .SUCK

Posted in Cyberspace Law

The word that comes after the period in a domain name is referred to as a top level domain (“TLD”) and there seems to be a TLD for everything. There are TLDs that reflect geographic regions such as “.ASIA” for the Asia-Pacific region and .IRISH for the global Irish community. There are numerous other TLDs that… Continue Reading

Brewing Up Some IP

Posted in Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law

With so many new microbreweries popping up in Sacramento, the Bay Area, and the Greater San Diego area, I felt compelled to write the present piece for the benefit of the aspiring, as well as the established, microbrew entrepreneur. These individuals undoubtedly pour (excuse the pun) their hearts, souls, and hard-earned money into the development… Continue Reading

Google’s Android: Was It Truly The First Generation?

Posted in Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law

With the prevalence of smartphones in today’s society, one cannot help but to have at least heard of Google’s Android operating system.  This operating system came about with the intent of competing with the superpower known as Apple’s iPhone.  Of course, when Google released this platform for the first time in 2007, the Android operating… Continue Reading

Trademark Office Tackles Redskins

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The 2013 NFL season was not kind to the Washington Redskins, and after winning only 3 games and losing 13, there are many in the Washington Redskins organization who might have wanted to hide behind a new name.  Now they might have to. The USPTO officially cancelled the Washington Redskins trademark registration stating that the… Continue Reading

Weaving a Trademark

Posted in Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law

 By: Lisa Y. Wang This month, the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board ruled that Bottega Veneta, a luxury Italian fashion brand, well known for its "weave design" handbags and accessories, could register a trademark for that specific design. Bottega Veneta handbags and accessories do not have obvious logos on the outside, signifying its origin. Instead, the weave… Continue Reading

An “F-word” Trademark Owners Should Avoid

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by Scott Hervey It’s been five years since the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board dramatically changed the way Untied States trademark registrations are handled. The case of Medinol Ltd. v. Neuro Vasx, Inc. reflected an analytical shift in the way in which the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) determines whether an applicant committed fraud on… Continue Reading

When Product Resales Constitute Trademark Infringement

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by Jeff Pietsch Earlier this month, the Tenth Circuit court upheld a preliminary injunction granted in favor of a manufacturer of electronics equipment against a reseller of its goods in a trademark infringement action. (Beltronics v. Midwest Inventory Distribution (10th Cir. April 9, 2009)). The reseller argued that it was able to resell the manufacturer’s… Continue Reading

Trademark Basics: Dilution

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By Jeff Pietsch Trademark law is traditionally concerned with protecting consumers. Trademarks protect consumers by helping consumers identify the source of the goods or service. For example, when a consumer buys a product, she knows exactly what she is going to get with the product based on its mark. Trademark law was designed to protect these consumers by… Continue Reading

“First Publication” Infringement Claims and Insurance Policy Exclusions

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by James Kachmar The Ninth Circuit recently addressed the issue of whether a “first publication” exclusion in an insurance policy applies to trademark infringement claims. In United National Insurance Company v. Spectrum Worldwide, Inc., et al., decided February 2, 2009, the Ninth Circuit resolved a split among lower courts and held that a “first publication” exclusion… Continue Reading

Stripper Idol Hits a Flat Note with Owners of American Idol

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By Scott Hervey While the producers of American Idol, FreemantleMedia North America, appreciate just how much people love the show, it’s now obvious Freemantle doesn’t agree with the old adage that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In late December, Freemantle filed suit against a strip club in Austin, Texas that ran a stripper talent… Continue Reading

Intellectual Property Basics

Posted in Copyright Law, Patent Law, Trademark Law

By Audrey A. Millemann The beginning of the year is a good time to review your clients’ intellectual property needs. The first and most important thing to do is to determine what intellectual property the client has. Once the intellectual property has been identified, the means of protecting it can be analyzed and a plan for establishing… Continue Reading

Christmas – A Time For Fruitcake and Infringement Actions

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By Scott Hervey   The holiday season means something different for each of us. For some it’s a time for eggnog, parties and mistletoe. For others, it’s a time for cease and desist letters, seizure actions and lawsuits. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause, and his lawyers stand ready to sue those who use his marks and… Continue Reading

Trademark Infringement: Factors Considered in Consumer Confusion

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By Jeffrey Pietsch   Trademark infringement occurs when a third party uses a mark in a way that infringes upon a trademark owner’s exclusive right and use of a trademark. Often, the third party will use a similar mark in a way that confuses consumers as to the source of the goods and services. For example, a… Continue Reading

Trademark Infringement: Factors Considered in Consumer Confusion

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By Jeff Pietsch           Earlier this month, the shoe company Skechers defeated a preliminary injunction brought by the shoe company ASICS. The injunction against Skechers sought to prevent Skechers from making and selling their shoes. ASICS brought this action against Skechers for trademark infringement claiming that Skechers hijacked the ASICS brand image and goodwill by using a… Continue Reading