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The Most Important Trademark Fact You Probably Don’t Know
Client: “I’ve been in business for a couple of years now, and I want to trademark my company’s name.” Trademark Lawyer: “What do you mean you want to ‘trademark’ it?” Client: “I want to get a trademark on it.” Lawyer: “Do you mean you want your compa...
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Second Time Lucky? Supreme Court Grants Cert in Jack Daniel’s Dog Toy Case
The United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari to Jack Daniel’s distillery in its appeal of a Ninth Circuit decision holding that a dog toy manufacturer’s use of the Jack Daniel’s trademarks and label design is expression protected by the Fir...
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Supreme Court to Review Trademark Territoriality
A few weeks ago, we wrote about a trademark territoriality case being presented to the U.S. Supreme Court. We write now with a follow-up: the Court has agreed to hear it. The case is Abitron Austria GmbH v. Hetronic International, Inc., and it prese...
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“Wavy Baby” Case Tests Definition of an Expressive Work
Is the Wavy Baby a sneaker or a comment on “sneaker culture”? A commercial product or a collectible artwork? This is the most recent variation on a question that has had growing urgency in trademark law over the past decade: What is an expressive w...
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Supreme Court May Review Trademark Territoriality
Increased globalism brings with it a need to re-examine and clarify the territorial limitations traditionally applied to trademark rights. Should U.S. users of foreign trademarks and foreign users of U.S. trademarks be subject to the provisions and remedies of the Lanham Act irrespective of where sales—and damages—occur?
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The Struggle is Real: Federal Trademark Registration for Cannabis and Hemp-Derived Food and Beverages Remains Elusive
Although commercial use of a trademark alone triggers rights in a mark, wise business owners endeavor to take advantage of the added benefits and protections conveyed by federal registration. One of the most important benefits of federal trademark re...
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