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Trademark Infringement

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 Rules of Thumb for Naming a Business

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Lululemon, TED Talks, Coca-Cola, and hey, even Kim Kardashian -- all brands (and people) that exercise the use of alliteration well and stake out a place in our memory banks while they're at it.

ASU's Lawsuit Against Porn Website Claims Students Are Targeted as 'Models'

Phoenix New Times | Posted 02.28.2013 | College

Sure enough, Arizona State University's suing a locally based porn website, "Sun Devil Angels," for a variety of reasons, including trademark infringe...

The 'Superb Owl' Party and Other Nonsense

Bill Destler | Posted 04.08.2013 | College
Bill Destler

The Student Government of RIT was told by representatives of the NFL that they could not hold a "Super Bowl Party." The reason for this objection to a seemingly innocuous student event was that the term "Super Bowl" was trademarked. Now RIT students are nothing if not creative, so they held a "Superb Owl" party instead.

Catherine New

Small Designer Takes On Kmart In Brand Battle

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 03.28.2013 | Small Business

NEW YORK -- When women's fashion designer Liz Seklir received an email from a stranger in October 2011 thanking her for a sequined top, she passed it ...

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 ...

The Butt Face Comes To A Noble End

The Huffington Post | Alice Hines | Posted 10.25.2012 | Small Business

In a blow to dumb T-shirt lovers everywhere, "The Butt Face" is no more. The clothing brand, a spoof on preppy fleece-maker The North Face, was ord...

Starbucks Is Not Happy About This

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 10.11.2012 | Small Business

Starbucks is chasing after Starbarks, a local dog daycare center in Algonquin, Ill., alleging that the kennel’s name and logo are too similar to its...

Alice Hines

Target Stole Our Shoe Design, Says Minnetonka Moccasins

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 09.29.2012 | Business

Minnetonka Moccasins is accusing Target of knocking off its signature shoes. On Tuesday, the Minneapolis-based company whose earthy moccasins have...

Ben & Jerry's Scores Total Victory Over Porn Series

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2012 | Small Business

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A movie studio has agreed to recall pornographic DVDs whose titles and packaging mimic those o...

Ron Dicker

'Whitney Houston Og' Weed Pulled From Pot Store Shelves

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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...

Navajo To Urban Outfitters: Stop Ripping Off Our Name

AP | FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation has sued Urban Outfitters Inc. months after the tribe sent a cease and desist letter to the clothing retailer de...

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...

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 ...

Sports Artists Battling Big Money, Trademark Lawsuits (and Winning!)

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.02.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Artists are open to all sorts of renown (commercial success, succès de scandale, their art and faces in books and magazines, their names known far an...

Is Palin's Bus Tour Guilty of Trademark Infringement?

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

Sarah Palin's political action committee is using a trademarked name for her current bus tour, opening her up to major liabilities that could potentially cause her to lose her bus.

Apple Sues Amazon Over App Store Trademark

bloomberg.com | Edvard Pettersson and Don Jeffrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Apple Inc. (AAPL) sued Amazon.com Inc., saying the online retailer is using Apple’s “App Store” trademark for a mobile-software developer progra...

Lamebook SUES Facebook

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Facebook parody blog Lamebook.com has filed suit against Facebook to fend off impending litigation from the social network. Lamebook, co-founded in ...

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.

Jason Linkins

'Politico' Makes Obscure 'Tory Politico' Blog Famous By Suing It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As a part of its ongoing effort to retain exclusive brand licensing rights to a word that's been a part of the English language since the early sevent...

Never Stop Suing: The Case of the North Face v. Little Jimmy Winkelmann

Randy Whattoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Randy Whattoff

Early last month, outdoor apparel manufacturer the North Face sued college freshman Jimmy Winkelmann and his company, the South Butt, for selling a line of clothing that parodies that of the North Face.

North Face Threatens Teen With Legal Action

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The popular outdoor apparel company North Face is threatening an 18-year-old Missouri college student with legal action for trademark infringement. L...