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No True Master of TestMasters

On September 7, 2015 By jblasco

For over a decade, two test prep companies operating under the name “TestMasters” have been quarreling in court for federal registration of the official trademark for “TestMasters” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Just last month, on August 21, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit put an [...]

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Naturally Occurring or Mind-made?

On August 12, 2015 By Edmund Semmes

What’s the difference between the manifestation of an idea and the creative expression of the idea?  About 80 years of legal protection, according to Home Legend LLC, a recent petitioner to the Supreme Court.  Home Legend filed for certiorari on July 24, seeking review of an Eleventh Circuit decision that granted copyright protection to [...]

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In the past few years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has received numerous trademark applications for phrases created from political and social movements. Currently, the USPTO is considering two trademark applications for “Je Suis Charlie,” a phrase created in response to the terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in [...]

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The ALS Association has put a damper on the wildly successful “Ice Bucket Challenge” fundraiser after filing applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office in an attempt to trademark the contest’s title.  Given that the viral campaign began well before the ALSA became involved, public response to the trademark claims was swift [...]

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This post continues our coverage of issues (including trademark battles and growing outrage) surrounding the name of the NFL team based in our nation’s capital. –JETLaw Blog Editors

For the second time since 1999, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board cancelled the “Redskins” trademark, previously owned by [...]

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“Google it” has become a familiar refrain for any Millennial tasked with answering a question.  The technology giant has redefined the way we obtain and process information.  Not surprisingly, the company’s intellectual property portfolio is quite valuable.  Google is continuing to add to that portfolio, seeking a patent on [...]

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Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office fired a shot across the bow of Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins football club. Over the past 20 years, numerous parties have tried to persuade the NFL franchise to change its team name, arguing that the term “redskin” is racist and offensive to Native Americans. [...]

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On January 30, 2014 By J.P. Urban

As our blog’s fearless leader, Brad Edmondson, pointed out in this week’s Monday Morning JETLawg [you're too kind! --ed.],, the developers of such viral games as Candy Crush Saga, applied for a trademark for “Candy” in relation to a wide variety of goods and services. The game developer applied [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On October 14, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Privacy & Social Media:

California creates a minor’s right to be forgotten online. (In contrast, the EU Court of Justice found in June that EU law contains no general right to be forgotten.) [H/T Privacy, E-Commerce & Data Security's Summer 2013 Newsletter (PDF)] Google may be getting ready to use your [...]

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I wish I could say that when I buy wine, my choice depends on sophisticated concepts such as varietal, bouquet, and finish. But in reality, it often comes down to how pretty the label is.

Wine producers are well aware of how easily they can manipulate me and my fellow consumers through appealing [...]

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