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Who's To Say The Word 'Slants' Offends Asians? The Supreme Court, That's Who.

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The Supreme Court tends to take a skeptical view whenever the government polices speech it doesn’t like. But what if the government s...

Mitt Romney Gets Lead Poisoning By Kissing Trump's 'Gold' Ring

Marty Rudoy | Posted 12.18.2016 | Comedy
Marty Rudoy

Mayo Clinic: Goodyear Satire Co-- Don't kiss Donald Trump's ring. That's the lesson former governor Mitt Romney learned the hard way. Romney was dia...

How Trademark Law Harms Peoples' Lives and Wealth

Tom Casano | Posted 11.08.2016 | Business
Tom Casano

Trademark, copyright, and patent law are three segments of the same basic concept: protecting businesses from unlawful use of their property. Unfortun...

Supreme Court Will Decide If This Band's Name Is Too Offensive To Be Trademarked

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics

The frontman of The Slants doesn’t like the name of Washington’s NFL team. He thinks the term is “an inherent racial slur” that is demeaning t...

How The IOC Effectively Maintains A Gag Order On Nonsponsors Of The Olympics

The Conversation US | Posted 08.15.2016 | Business
The Conversation US

Whether on television or the internet, the vast majority of businesses are blocked from nearly any mention of the 2016 Olympic Games - whether in conjunction with promoting their own products or even just saluting their national teams.

Second impression, anyone?

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.24.2016 | Business
Marc Hershon

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." - Ad copy for Botany men's suits, 1966. • • • Though technically it counts...

Photo Copyright: Oscar Wilde, Richard Prince, and Your Instagram Content

Kim Farbota | Posted 03.15.2017 | Arts
Kim Farbota

Foundations: Oscar Wilde and the Origins of Photo Copyright In 1882 a 27-year-old Oscar Wilde arrived in New York City. Wilde's best-known works, The...

Taylor Swift Wants To Trademark 'Swiftmas'

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 12.13.2015 | Entertainment

Taylor Swift is taking care of business. The pop star wants to trademark five phrases associated with her album "1989" to prevent others from cashing...

Kylie And Kendall Jenner File To Trademark Their Names

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment

"Kylie" and "Kendall Jenner" might become trademarks. The Jenner sisters filed applications last month with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office t...

The 7 Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Naming Your Business

Steve Cook | Posted 06.02.2015 | Small Business
Steve Cook

Choosing a name for your business is a crucial step in starting a company, and there are many mistakes you can make. A great business name is unique but easy to remember, and it should be able to carry your business into a profitable future.

Trademark Your Memorable Phrases

Brad Reid | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Memorable phrases that capture the popular imagination are commercially worth millions of dollars. Consequently, it is no surprise that Taylor Swift has trademarked a variety of phrases from her songs.

Burning Candy

Marc Hershon | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business
Marc Hershon

A little over a month ago, the Skittles hit the fan when the Internet discovered that Limited had trademarked the word "candy." Reaction ranged from "all other games with candy in their titles were in trouble" to "no one on Earth could ever utter the word candy again."

Five Legal Myths That Can Cost You a Fortune

Jack Garson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Your mom already warned you: Just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean you should. Remember the bridge?

10 Tips For Protecting Your Digital Content

Andrea Smith | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Andrea Smith

So many questions exist about property rights and content; who owns your image, can you re-post someone else's image with credit and what the heck is fair use?

Protect Your Treasure

Amy Oraefo | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Amy Oraefo

Proper federal registration of intellectual property is beneficial because it provides the owner with the right to sue for particular damages in the event that the intellectual property owner's copyright, trademark, or patent is infringed upon after federal registration.

What's in a Name?

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 08.03.2013 | Weird News
Malcolm Kushner

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but would it sell as well? That's a fundamental question which consumes countless hours and dollars as ...

Ron Dicker

Race Is On For 'Boston Strong' Trademark | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business

Two parties applied to trademark the unity motto "Boston Strong" just two days after the Boston Marathon bombing. Following the explosions last wee...

Marley Family Settles Trademark Lawsuit With Half Brother

Posted 12.10.2012 | Black Voices

After a year long legal battle involving Bob Marley’s half brother, Richard Booker, his widow, Rita Marley, and nine children, the legendary family ...

College Basketball Star Trademarks 'Fear the Brow' Catchphrase

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 06.27.2012 | Business

Opponents of Anthony Davis have been known to "fear the brow." But anyone thinking of capitalizing off the basketball phenomenon's famous unibrow bett...

WATCH: Is This Restaurant's Name 'Immoral'?

Posted 05.09.2012 | Miami

Not even a lucky name has been helpful for a West Palm Beach restaurant scheduled to open next month. Modern Asian joint Fuku was denied a trademar...

WWII Vet Sending Thousands Of Pirated Movies To U.S. Troops

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business

Meet Hyman Strachman, probably the nation's most patriotic movie pirate. For the past eight years the 92-year-old widowed World War II veteran has ...

Ron Dicker

'Whitney Houston Og' Weed Pulled From Pot Store Shelves | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.19.2012 | Small Business

Remember Linsanity marijuana? Now there's a brand for Whitney Houston -- and one attorney says the sellers are guilty of bad taste and violating the d...

How To Trademark A Movement

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.11.2012 | Los Angeles

Who owns Occupy Los Angeles? We all do -- or so we thought. Apparently, a few individuals in Southern California think otherwise. On Sunday, Sue Ba...

How Far Will Your Brand Stretch?

Marc Hershon | Posted 09.13.2011 | Business
Marc Hershon

There's no substitute for thinking through the creation of your trademark, the strategy behind its launch and maintenance, and the many places where it might (and should) appear.

'Jersey Shore's' Snooki Can't Trademark Her Name: Why? Kid's Book Is In The Way | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The star of the hit MTV show, Jersey Shore is making headlines again -- but this time it is purely over her name. Snooki is seeking to obtain the trad...