PICK AND CHOOSE: NOT EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN CAN BE TRADEMARKED

While most business and individuals understand the value of trademark protection, there are many who assume that trademark protection is automatically universal. Instinctively, many believe that trademark protection of their catchy slogan or one of a kind logo extends across all goods and services...

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No Love for Louis in Trademark Parody

Louis Vuitton Malletier SA, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton or LV is a renowned fashion powerhouse. It is in the business of selling extravagant leather products, including expensive handbags. Louis Vuitton sued Designer Tara Martin for her designer line, “My Other Bag,” which comprise of..

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Monumental Appellate Court Decision on Disparaging Trademarks: Refusing them is Unconstitutional

The Federal Government bans trademarks that contain disparaging or offensive language. However, and astonishingly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that the Federal Government’s ban on offensive or disparaging trademark registrations is indeed a violation of the First..

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Trademark Oppositions and How Big Corporations Can Use Opposition Tactics to Flex their Muscle on Smaller Business Owners

Major corporations employ vigorous defense by devoting millions of dollars to trademark policing. As a primarily results-driven group, these corporations flex their monetary muscle via bullying tactics in hopes that the economically unsustainable small business owners simply roll over into..

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Colombian Consumers Demand Genuine Products; US-Colombia FTA Penalizes Piracy

We recently spoke to an online-based video game distributor in Medellin Colombia who explained his fight against pirated versions of games he sells. In his hometown there is a district known for its black-market shops infamously called “El Hueco”, The Hole. For years Colombians were able to find..

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US-Colombia FTA intellectual property protection

US intellectual property protection under the Colombian Free Trade Agreement

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