All posts in category Trademark

Twitter, Inc. v. Twittad, LLC

By Kristin Bergman (Updated 10/31/2011 — see end of post) Twitter owns a family of TWEET marks — cotweet, retweet, and tweetdeck — but in December 2010, its application to register the famous TWEET mark itself was denied. Why? In October 2009, the PTO granted registration of LET YOUR AD MEET TWEETS to Filmfitti, LLC, […]

Summer IP Programs

By Nathan Lambeth Yes, it is that time of year. I and my 1L compatriots have spent plenty of time worrying over the economy while submitting resume after resume, fine-tuning cover letters, and puzzling over how to walk that fine line between being “a real go-getter” and “creepily persistent.” For those of you out there […]

Skaters v. Rappers: Who Gets The Rock?

by John Alford Normally I turn to ESPN for scores and trivial updates, but today was an exception. Beyond national championships and shootouts, a legal concern has wandered into the sports network webpage. Volcom, the clothing company that caters to the likes of skaters and surfers, is suing Roc Nation, rapper Jay-Z’s management company. All […]

Of Copyrights and Campaigns: Fox News Network v. Carnahan for Senate

[Note: The following post originally appears on State of Elections, the blog for William & Mary Law School’s Election Law Society.  It is cross-posted here with their generous permission.] by Jarred Taylor The intersection of copyright law and elections is growing to be an important new area of study and litigation.  The Center for Democracy and […]

Trademark? Who Dat?!

The Saints and the Colts? Fuggeddaboudit. An even uglier matchup is brewing down in New Orleans this week: The National Football League  v. The Big Easy. And from the looks of things, this battle might not be over for a good long time. The trouble started several days ago, when a number of New Orleanian […]

IP Split: Patents and Trademarks

IP Split By Tony Guo Choosing an article topic was difficult.  I wanted to do Xeno-technology, a spin off of the Moore vs. Regents case students read in Property and Torts 1L class.  But today I read an article on ESPN debating ownership of the New Orleans Saint’s “Who Dat”.  I also considered a patent […]

Havana Nights, Havana Rights

By Joy Einstein On April 13, 2009, the White House Office of the Press Secretary announced changes in U.S. policy towards Cuba, including the easing of some restrictions consistent with the United States’ forward-looking approach to improving relations with Cuba and the Western Hemisphere. Given these signs of a shifting attitude towards U.S.-Cuba relations, it […]

Patent and Trademark Websites: A Love Story

By Tony Guo The first idea I had for this article was to describe the USPTO Patent Bar exam. I wrote a page and a half before realizing that it was too dry. Next I thought I would write about business method patents which are a hot topic. But rather than write an article that […]

R.I.P. Mighty Mouse Trademark Dispute

By Fitz Collings In the latest battle between Apple and the rest of the world for seemingly innocuous product names (e.g. the ongoing “pod” litigation), Apple lost the battle over the “Mighty Mouse” trademark on October 6, 2009.  The USPTO granted the trademark to Man & Machine, a medical computer devices manufacturer, for a waterproof […]

Information from the USPTO

Today, Mr. John Calvert, Administrator, Inventor Assistance Program, came in to talk to the Student Intellectual Property Society (and any other interested student) about the goings on at the USPTO. I for one, found his presentation quite informative and interesting. He spoke about some of the current concerns and trends within the office and what […]

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