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On or about December 17, 2015, the Gillette Company, which is wholly owned by consumer products giant, Procter and Gamble, filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the State of Delaware against the Dollar Shave Club, Inc. … Continue reading
The Continuing Saga of the Uncertain Fate of the Washington Redskins’ Trademark Registrations As reported in an earlier blog (July 2014), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in the United States Trademark Office bowed to pressure from an allegedly aggrieved … Continue reading
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Earlier this month (Dec. 2015), Pepperidge Farms, the bakers and marketers of one of my favorite cookies, filed suit against the popular grocery retailer, Trader Joe’s, for, among other things, selling a cookie having the general appearance and shape of … Continue reading
While most of my clients are free marketers, they may not immediately see any mutuality between Dan Snyder, the majority owner of the Washington Redskins and Donald Sterling, the apparent owner of the LA Clippers, but unfortunately, I do. Allow … Continue reading
On June 19, 2014, in the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the US Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the holding of the Federal Circuit Court finding that patent claims drawn to an abstract idea are not patentable under 35 … Continue reading
Rarely, but occasionally, some good news comes out of Washington. This time it’s in the form of a new economic status resulting in lower fees for certain patent applicants. The reduction in fees, courtesy of the recently enacted “Patent Reform … Continue reading
I received an interesting Office Action today, and what made it noteworthy is that in all my years of practice before the Patent Office I have never received an invitation to come to the Patent Office to meet with the … Continue reading
Is it any wonder that the federal government has no credibility? There was an interesting story in today’s paper (2/6/2013) telling us that the Feds (U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents) seized $3.4 million in fake Super Bowl Merchandise. Of … Continue reading
A client sent me this link this morning (2/6/2013) … Patent Reform, System Should Be Abolished, Fed Economists Say. I don’t know whether he (the client) was attempting to anger or humor me, but I read the linked article, gave … Continue reading
I just (1/24/2013) read an interesting news item on trademarks and the NFL. It appears that the NFL has pressured a fan by the name of Roy Fox to abandon his federal trademark registration applications for HARBOWL and HARBAUGH BOWL. … Continue reading