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  • $2 million in fake Glock magazines seized at Savannah port

    02/19/2017 10:55:51 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 68 replies
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Savannah Port of Entry inspected a container of manifested firearm magazines and discovered 591 cartons of pistol magazines bearing the Glock trademark. The importation of the magazines with the Glock trademark on the packaging was found to be unauthorized and in violation of the registered trademark, said Mark Varga, CBP spokesman.
  • Uncle Sam’s hilarious offensive-trademark dilemma

    01/17/2017 12:03:52 PM PST · by TBP · 19 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 15, 2017 | George F. Will
    The case concerns the name of an Asian-American rock band: The Slants. And surely Taft never read a friend-of-the-court brief as amusing as one filed in this case. It is titled “Brief of the Cato Institute and a Basket of Deplorable People and Organizations.” The US Patent and Trademark Office is empowered, by the so-called “disparagement clause” of a 1946 law, to protect American sensitivities by denying trademark protection to “immoral, deceptive or scandalous” trademarks. These have included those that a substantial portion of a particular group perceive as disparaging that group — an ethnic, religious, national or other cohort....
  • Does Jägermeister have a point vs. Milwaukee Bucks with its trademark bomb?

    12/18/2016 4:35:53 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 32 replies
    Sporting News ^ | Todd Radom
    The German parent company behind Jägermeister has filed a formal notice of opposition to the Milwaukee Bucks’ primary logo, citing, among other things, the likelihood of confusion between the two brands and the “false suggestion of a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or brings them into contempt, or disrepute.”
  • Apple Magic Toolbar – Trademark Exclusive – New Macbook Details

    10/20/2016 12:06:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    The TradeMark Ninja ^ | October 20, 2016 | by Trademark Ninja
    Apple Magic Toolbar So, about that “Apple Magic Toolbar eh?” First things first, yes the rumour that there would be some sort of bar to replace the function keys has been around a long time, and there’s some great mock-ups of what it might look like. I know that.That being said, whether it was 100% going to be a feature, and what it would be called, well that’s more uncertain.Now, of all my predictions (see more on the right hand toolbar) this is the biggest gamble so far.This trademark is NOT in the applied for or registered in the name...
  • Citi Is Suing AT&T Over The Word “Thanks”

    06/13/2016 7:04:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 10, 2016 | Chris Morran
    Last week, AT&T launched a new loyalty program dubbed AT&T Thanks, offering rewards to customers, especially those who bundle together wireless and pay-TV services from the company. This morning, Citi fired back at the Death Star, alleging that AT&T is stomping all over Citi’s “ThankYou” trademark. For several years, Citi has had trademarks protecting its “ThankYou from Citi” credit card rewards program, while AT&T more recently filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its “AT&T Thanks” mark. That AT&T mark was published for opposition this week, and it looks like Citi has a problem with it. Citi has...
  • Offensive trademarks are OK in US (Redskins relevant)

    12/22/2015 9:56:14 AM PST · by abb · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 22, 2015 | Staff
    A US appeals court has struck down a provision of a federal law that barred the registration of offensive trademarks because it violates the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The decision on Tuesday by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC, vacates the refusal by the US Patent and Trademark Office to register the name of the Asian-American rock band, The Slants. It could also affect the decision by the agency to cancel the trademarks of the National Football League's Washington Redskins. "We recognise that invalidating this provision may lead to the wider registration...
  • ‘Take Yo Panties Off’ defense: Redskins cite other protected products in trademark appeal

    11/04/2015 10:45:12 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | Nov. 3, 2015 | Ian Shapira
    "the National Football League team is appealing with a provocative tactic: listing the names of porn, clothing and beer companies that use offensive language but nonetheless have the support of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office."
  • Mongols Nation Conclusion Nears

    07/29/2015 1:52:42 PM PDT · by Robert Teesdale · 11 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 7/28/2015 | Donald Charles Davis
    Expect the Mongols Nation case to be dismissed by Judge David O. Carter next Monday afternoon. A hearing on the dismissal is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Carter’s courtroom in the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Santa Ana, California. The case has attracted national attention. At issue is the question of whether the government, or a couple of rogue federal prosecutors named Christopher Brunwin and Stephen R. Welk, can forbid members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club from wearing the club’s distinctive insignia. Brunwin and Welk have made careers of this. They attempted to seize the Mongols trademarks in...
  • Judge orders cancellation of Redskins trademark registration, finds name may be disparaging

    07/08/2015 9:01:54 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 87 replies
    A federal judge has ordered the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel registration of the Washington Redskins' trademark, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans. The ruling Wednesday by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee affirms an earlier finding by an administrative appeal board.
  • ACLU sides with Redskins, says trademark should be permitted

    03/09/2015 8:18:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 8:26 PM EDT
    The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the Washington Redskins in a court battle over the team’s name. The ACLU filed papers last week supporting the team’s position that canceling the Redskins trademark violates the team’s free-speech rights. […] On Monday, lawyers for the Native Americans who challenged the trademark said the ACLU should not be allowed to intervene in the case. …
  • Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats

    01/05/2015 9:38:19 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 69 replies
    Npr ^ | 1-5-15
    Columbia? Taken. Mississippi? Taken. Sacramento? El Niño? Marlin? Grizzly? Sorry, they're all taken. Virtually every large city, notable landscape feature, creature and weather pattern of North America — as well as myriad other words, concepts and images — has been snapped up and trademarked as the name of either a brewery or a beer. For newcomers to the increasingly crowded industry of more than 3,000 breweries, finding names for beers, or even themselves, is increasingly hard to do without risking a legal fight. Candace Moon, aka The Craft Beer Attorney, is a San Diego lawyer who specializes in helping brewers...
  • Obama eligibility case lives! Supreme Court's own precedent cited in new demand for resolution

    08/18/2014 6:00:08 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 55 replies
    WND ^ | Aug 17, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    The question of Barack Obama’s eligibility to occupy the Oval Office under the Constitution’s “natural born” citizen requirement is once again being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has refused to hear a number of previous cases. Judges have ruled Obama’s eligibility is a political question that is not for the courts to decide. They have argued the plaintiffs didn’t have “standing,” the requirement that they have sustained or will sustain direct injury or harm that can be redressed by a court. Now, however, a plaintiff has surfaced who claims he has suffered a specific and individual injury –...
  • Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage Cake Leaves Christian Bakery Facing Court Threat

    07/07/2014 6:12:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 7, 2014
    Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage Cake Leaves Christian Bakery Facing Court Threat 07 Jul 2014 A Christian-run bakery is facing legal action from a Government agency for refusing to produce a cake carrying a picture of the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “support gay marriage”. Ashers Baking Co, based in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, cancelled an order for a novelty cake with a picture of the puppets arm in arm printed onto the icing saying that it went against the directors’ religious beliefs. They believe that producing the cake with the slogan and the logo of QueerSpace,...
  • Trayvon trademark (vanity)

    06/28/2014 11:58:57 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 26 replies
    trademarkia.com ^ | 6/28/14 | Grandjedimasteryoda
    I'm just wondering if any Freeper lawyers out there know how Trademarking a cartoon character would work. Me and my brother have been working on a cartoon the past few months and we got the domain name and copyrighted the cartoon character, but now we want to trademark it with a logo so we can use it to sell junk, tee-shirts, coffee mugs etc etc ..IF it sells. Just getting ready before we post it on the web. So we went to a lawyer who told us it cost $2,500 just in the US alone to trademark it on the...
  • Should the U.S. Government Ban All Offensive Names? Let's Pick a Few!

    06/20/2014 7:36:03 AM PDT · by IndianaJax · 34 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 06/18/2014 | Rob Binsrick
    Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the name Redskins is 'disparaging of Native Americans' and, therefore, should not be afforded trademark protection any longer. This seems like a free-speech appeal just waiting to happen but in the meantime we should take a look at all the major American sports (sorry, soccer/futbol is still not one of them) and pick a few other nicknames that should be banned or at least left unprotected with trademark rights because they could be offensive to some people in the country. Major League Baseball 1.Royals - this name could be offensive to...
  • The Redskins Ruling's Slippery Slope

    06/20/2014 5:18:35 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 32 replies
    Investor' Business Daily ^ | 06/19/2014 | IBD Staff
    Sticks And Stones: Whatever one's view about the name "Redskins," the public should worry about the government bowing to political pressure and stripping a trademark nearly 80 years after it was first used. Where will it end? [snip] Surely the Cleveland Indians' mascot has to go. Chief Wahoo is a goofy cartoon depiction of a Native American, whereas the Redskins logo shows a dignified and stoic warrior. And how about the "Fighting Irish"? Doesn't that feed into the disparaging image of drunken Irishmen? Or the "Buccaneers" and the "Raiders," which seem to be derogatory terms for pirates? How many "Vikings"...
  • USPTO: Home, Home of the CHANGE®

    06/19/2014 4:51:03 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-19-2014 | MOTUS
    Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam Where the deer and the antelope play Where seldom is heard a disparaging word And the skies are now cloudy all day.Chorus: Home, home of the CHANGE® Where the deer and the antelope play Where seldom is heard a disparaging word And the skies are now cloudy all day.Forecast: Cloudy, with a chance of meatheadsToday’s reflection:What does it mean when the country that practically invented “free speech” now censors your trademarks for politically incorrect “disparaging” words? In what some see as the first step to forcing the Washington Redskins football team...
  • Redskins defy trademark ruling, say they'll defend name

    06/18/2014 11:58:40 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 69 replies
    Washington Examinerr ^ | 6-18-2014 | Sean Higgins
    In a defiant statement issued Wednesday, the Washington Redskins said the team would appeal the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to revoke the trademark to the team's name and logo on the grounds that they are offensive to Native Americans. The professional football team added that in the meantime, the ruling would have "no effect at all" on its trademark rights while the case is on appeal. The press release even put that in boldface and underlined it. "We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned...
  • Washington Redskins will appeal trademark office ruling over 'disparaging' nickname

    06/18/2014 10:17:05 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 39 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 6/18/14 | Frank Schwab
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Redskins' trademarks. The petitioners, consisting of five Native Americans, sought to cancel the trademarks based on a section of the Trademark Act that "prohibits registration of marks that may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute."
  • Hershey sues Colorado edible pot company

    06/07/2014 6:09:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | June 6, 2014 | By SADIE GURMAN
    The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado marijuana edibles company, claiming it makes four pot-infused candies that too closely resemble iconic products of the chocolate maker. The trademark infringement lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Denver this week against TinctureBelle LLC and TinctureBelle Marijuanka LLC. It alleges TinctureBelle's Ganja Joy, Hasheath, Hashees and Dabby Patty mimic Hershey's Almond Joy, Heath bar, Reese's peanut butter cups and York peppermint patty candies, respectively.