By: Cecilia Von Mann    After weeks of king cakes, beads, and parades, Lent has arrived. Unfortunately, this means that the Mardi Gras festivities have come to a close. However, the lawsuit filed between two local New Orleans businesses in the weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday is just getting started. For many, beer is an…

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database, three federal trademark applications were filed for CECIL THE LION during the last week of July; an application for simply CECIL is also pending before the PTO. Cecil, who lived in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, was killed last month in an illegal hunting expedition….

On June 15, 2015, the Open Register of Patent Ownership, known as ORoPO (www.oropo.net) was launched. ORoPO is a non-profit organization that operates a free, open global database of verified patent ownership information. This type of information is maintained by patent offices around the world, including the USPTO, but unfortunately the information available is often…

Last year, Disney opposed electronic musician Deadmau5’s attempt to register his logo with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, claiming confusing similarity to Disney’s iconic mouse ears. Disney argued that because “both parties marks are comprised of a round head with prominent round mouse ears in silhouette,” consumer confusion was likely. Clearly disagreeing, Deadmau5 tweeted,…

Last year, pop star Rihanna (full name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty) filed a federal trademark application to protect ROBYN for “providing on-line non-downloadable general feature magazines.” The application sailed through prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the PTO published the mark for opposition in November 2014. After requesting additional time to oppose, DC…

Google Patents a Faster Way to Win Any Argument! Google has recently been awarded a patent for a software application that could allow two users to answer a question (or settle an argument) without having to leave a text or phone conversation. The software allows a user to enter a particular keyword followed by a…

In March, The Odyssey, an online newspaper for college students, published an essay titled “Why Girls Love the Dadbod.” Described as “a nice balance between a beer gut and working out,” the term went viral. Good Morning America interviewed the essay’s author, Mackenzie Pearson, TIME published an article titled “Dad Bod Is a Sexist Atrocity,”…

The Importance of Providing Alternative Embodiments in Patent Applications Inventors regularly ask me why I want to know about various alternative embodiments of their invention or optional features that could possibly be used with their invention. Inventors tend to think about their inventions only in the way that they would want to practice the invention…

Earlier this month, Kris Jenner (of E’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians) filed a trademark application seeking protection for MOMAGER for use in connection with “entertainment services, namely, providing information in the fields of entertainment and pop culture” in International Class 41. Jenner Communications Inc. already owns one federally registered trademark for MOMAGER. That registration…

Speak Chinese? We don’t either, but apparently Michael Jordan is known as “Qiaodan” in China and wants control over the name. In 2012, Jordan sued Qiaodan Sports, a Chinese company he accuses of using his name and jersey number, 23, to sell goods without his consent. Perhaps surprisingly, Qiaodan Sports has prevailed before two courts,…

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