There have been stories all over the national news media this week about a trademark spat between Duke University and the heirs of movie legend John Wayne. Wayne’s heirs are trying to register the trademarks DUKE and DUKE JOHN WAYNE for use on whiskey. Duke University opposed the registration applications before the U.S. Trademark Office last year, and now the heirs, apparently fed up, have filed a federal lawsuit back at Duke University. Continue reading “Duke and “The Duke” Duke it Out” »
We have fielded a lot of questions lately on the decision by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) to cancel the registrations of six marks belonging to the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. The decision came from the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) on June 18, 2014, after proceedings between the Redskins’ corporate owner and five Native American plaintiffs (full details from the USPTO here.) Since the USPTO released that decision, we have had several people ask us about the decision and how it affects the validity of the Redskins marks. Here are our answers to common misconceptions about the USPTO decision.
With the increase of social media use has come a society demanding and capable of attaining information instantaneously. We all recognize that social media is no longer purely a way to connect with friends and family. It has entered the world of business and consumer relations both to its detriment and its aid. After forming a business entity, a wise business person will take the initiative and command control of their social media presence, while others will find themselves in the unenviable position of doing extensive, not to mention often expensive, damage control. At The Creekmore Law Firm PC, we help our clients determine strategies for anticipating and curbing existing damage to your company’s intellectual property, especially your company’s trademarks, the intellectual property most closely associated with identifying your business.
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Five years ago, Apple launched its App Store, revolutionizing the way iDevice users could acquire and deploy new applications. Keeping pace, in early 2011 Amazon broke virtual ground on its Appstore for Android. Not surprisingly, Apple came calling, but not to welcome Amazon to the neighborhood. Apple accused Amazon of violating its trademark rights in the App Store name.