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Defy Description

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
Marc Hershon

Your brand name should be the one thing competitors can't take away from you. That's not the case if your name is too descriptive. The Trademark Trial...

"LogoGate": The Identical Logo Fiasco

Alona Elkayam | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Alona Elkayam

Two companies in industries that overlap, Mutual Mobile and SquareSpace, have identical logos. This is worse than Emma Stone's 2012 Oscar dress that Nicole Kidman wore five years earlier.

When Brand Power Backfires

Catherine Richardson | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Catherine Richardson

Hoover is classic example of a brand who's success ultimately lead to its demise, as so many of us now say we're "hoovering" when we're using a Dyson. Google is a dangerously long way down this slippery slope.

New Research Finds Correlation Between Trademark Registration and Economy

Drew Hendricks | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Drew Hendricks

Dr. Quinton Nottingham, statistician and Associate Professor in the Department of Business Information Technology at Virginia Tech, has established that a rise in trademark registration correlates to a rise in the stock market. The Dow, NASDAQ and the S&P all increase with increased corporate activity.

Brands in the Buff

Catherine Richardson | Posted 05.15.2013 | Business
Catherine Richardson

Brands make a huge effort to ensure that consumers recognise and remember their name and their products. As a result we are constantly bombarded with new names and advertising campaigns.

Pardon My French, Quebec, But Your Language Laws Are Ridiculous

Gregg S. Lipman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Gregg S. Lipman

So nice of you to offer these suggestions, Quebec. But do you really think that Walmart is going to become Le Magasin Walmart just for your shoppers? Even the "real" French are less stringent about their language laws -- and that's saying a lot.

Gangnam-Style... Vodka?

Posted 12.28.2012 | Home

HuffPost Food's relationship with the whole "Gangnam-style" trend is probably a lot like most others' relationship with the social phenomenon inspired...

Dave Jamieson

Unions To 'Unionmade' Apparel Maker: You're Fakers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Business

The leading federation for organized labor has sent a stern cease-and-desist letter to "Unionmade," the trendy apparel maker whose products, it turns ...

America's Strangest Trademark Attempts

The Huffington Post | Alice Hines and Harry Bradford | Posted 10.08.2012 | Business

Trademark fights are no joke, even when they're over smiley faces. Over the years, companies large and small have attempted to lock down catchphras...

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...

Ron Dicker

Busted! Lawyers Go After Linsanity Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business

Warning to marijuana shops selling Linsanity weed: Your buzzkill has arrived. Jeremy Lin's legal team has sent a flurry of cease-and-desist letters...

Looks Like A Go For Michael Jordan Lawsuit, After All

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.01.2012 | Business

Michael Jordan has found a Chinese court that will play ball with his trademark lawsuit, after all. The NBA hall of famer says his suit against Ch...

Number of Women Patent Holders Surge

Karin Kamp | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business
Karin Kamp

While talk of patents and trademarks may not be the sexiest topic out there, knowing the ins and outs of both is key for women business-owners.

Ron Dicker

Jeremy Lin Applies For Linsanity Trademark

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.18.2012 | Business

Jeremy Lin is going on offense to protect Linsanity. The Knicks sensation this week applied for trademark rights to Linsanity, The Huffington Post ...

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Ordered To Temporarily Leave Zuccotti Park

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.15.2011 | New York

The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) -- Occupy Wall Street protesters have been ordered to leave Zuccotti Park, their longtime encampment in Lower Ma...

How iPad Is Naming the Game

Marc Hershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marc Hershon

Lots of pundits took their potshots at the iPad as it was first coming to market in early last year. Now, a year later, with Apple reportedly having sold 15 million of the devices, no one's laughing.

Innovation Shifted To China During The Downturn: U.N. Report

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's an unfortunate fact of a downturn: declining corporate cash flows and slumping confidence usually induce firms to file fewer patents and slash sp...

Protecting A Business Idea: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 08.04.2011 | Small Business

It happens to almost every aspiring entrepreneur. You have a brilliant idea for a groundbreaking business, an innovative product or a better-than-the-...

Is Facebook a Friend or Bully?

Edward Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Edward Lee

"Social" media giant Facebook just became less social. lt filed a lawsuit this week against a small startup site called Teachbook, claiming the term "Teachbook" infringes and dilutes Facebook's trademark.

The Day I Killed Freedom of Expression

Kembrew McLeod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kembrew McLeod

I have a confession to make. On October 16, 2004, I killed freedom of expression. This wasn't murder -- it was more like involuntary manslaughter, a death caused by negligence. Just to be clear, I'm not speaking in metaphors.

Rachael Ray Lasers Delayed Indefinitely: An Update on the State of Cybersquatting

Randy Whattoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Randy Whattoff

There are a number of ways that trademark owners deal with cybersquatters. Rachael Ray recently instituted an UDNRP arbitration proceeding against an Indian company that had registered www.rachelray.com (note the missing "a").

The (99) Problems With Jay-Z's Trademark Lawsuit Against David Ortiz

Chad Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chad Fitzgerald

In light of all the issues surrounding this case, the main question is this: of all Jay-Z's 99 problems, should Ortiz's nightclub in the Dominican Republic really be one?

Branding "Intel"

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

After retiring from the NYPD and 15 months in Iraq, "conducting human intelligence," Sgt. Chris Strom settled down in Virginia and opened Intel Investigations. Then he heard from Intel's lawyer.

Subway Trying To Trademark 'Footlong,' Sending Cease-And-Desist Letters

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Subway is making a play to trademark the term "footlong," prompting some embarrassment and a swift retraction after the chain threatened a mom-and-pop...

Patents: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Darren Dahl | Posted 08.09.2011 | Small Business

On July 31, 1790, President George Washington awarded the first U.S. patent to Vermont resident Samuel Hopkins for his process of making potash, a fer...