Unfortunately U.S. trademark owners continue to get fraudulent offers promising to renew their trademarks. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is fighting back against these sham offers, but be careful! Call us if you have questions about a solicitation you have received. Don’t be misled.
Sometimes clients come up with trademark names that have unintended (and very funny) translations. I wish I could share some funny examples from my law practice but must honor client confidentiality. I got a hearty chuckle out of this story:
I know it’s a little (maybe a lot) nerdy, but my teenage son and I have a Spotify playlist of our favorite parody songs. It’s been fun introducing him to Weird Al Yankovic. But sometimes the company who is the subject of the parody wants to put the jokester in the legal doghouse.
I have a confession. My cease and desist letters aren’t this funny:
Lubbock was down from twenty-two applications filed by applicants listing an address in Lubbock during August, to eight applications in September 2020. The applications were for clothing, educational publications, water bottles, lamps, car washes, online stores, and restaurants. Lubbock was at the highest number of registrations this quarter with nine trademarks for art, clothing, skin care products, shaved ice confections, car washes, online classified ads, and banking services.
August saw more trademark applications than any other month in 2020 with applicants listing a Lubbock Texas address. Twenty-two (22) trademark applications were filed in August. The applications for goods included clothing, toys, disinfecting kits, screens, downloadable software, Christmas items, eating and drinking utensils, air conditioning units, and children’s’ books. The applications for services included sightseeing tours, guided recreational hunts, engineering services, surgical, medical, and dentistry services, advertising services, and computer software design. In August 2020, six (6) trademark applications were registered. The registrations included restaurant services, clothes hangers, and decorative stickers for toilet seats.
KFC’s “Finger Lickin’ Good” trademark doesn’t work so well when people are concerned about the spread of coronavirus. A trademark should capture a positive feeling and emotion about a brand, but COVID-19 has altered how some products are being marketed. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/13/kfc-coronavirus-finger-licking/
You binge-watched NetFlix’s Tiger King series, leave it to me to binge-watch the Tiger King trademark fight. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/tiger-king-sparks-trademark-suit-netflix-cbs-imagine-1303568
If this law thing doesn’t work out, I think I’ll study tardigrades. Apparently these 8-legged microscopic organisms, also known as water bears, can survive boiling water, ice, outer space, a nuclear apocalypse, and Star Trek copyright infringement lawsuits.
A clearer path to trademark registration of .com domain names. In the past I’ve told clients they couldn’t get a trademark for a generic term with a .com at the end. This U.S. Supreme Court decision will change my advice and analysis. See the full article at: https://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/supreme-court-booking-trademark-71532778?fbclid=IwAR2Pr_8MIUJ5qyvIdbrImLOctakiPJRirPSq-Lh7UqqxLA7lG1y3sXly9k4