Trademarks

  • baseball beard

    Baseball, Intellectual Property, Sports, Trademarks

    This May Be The Best Cease And Desist Letter Ever Written

    Are the Boston Red Sox facing possible litigation over their World Series beards?

    18 Comments / / Oct 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM
  • Louboutin

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Crime, Fashion, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Murder, Patton Boggs, Politics, Religion, Shoes, Texas, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 10.16.13

    * Stop bullying the judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. They don’t cave to just any government data request — they make changes to about 25 percent of them. But uh… they don’t like to talk about the other 75 percent. [Bloomberg] * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the number of Biglaw firms with […]

    7 Comments / / Oct 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM
  • iStock_000007368579XSmall-RF

    Football, Sports, Trademarks

    ‘My Client Is a Jerk,’ Says Prominent Lawyer In Uncontrollable Fit of Honesty

    When a client goes rogue in the media, most lawyers would back him. This one calls him out.

    40 Comments / / Oct 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM
  • Lady Gaga

    Bar Exams, Celebrities, Constitutional Law, Education / Schools, Labor / Employment, Law School Deans, Law Schools, LLMs, Money, Morning Docket, Pro Bono, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 09.16.13

    * You skip over the footnotes when you’re reading for class, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t think you should. She’s a proponent of the most important footnote in all of constitutional law. [New Yorker]

    * New York will modify its pro bono requirement for LL.M. students to allow public service completed outside the country. Well, so much for closing the state’s justice gap. [New York Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the government-initiated trademark infringement actions over “Don’t Mess With Texas.” Like “I <3 NY,” the Lone Star State’s slogans are off limits. [New York Times]

    * WUSTL Law Dean Kent Syverud didn’t mind advocating for halving professors’ salaries. He just stepped down to become Syracuse University’s president — for much higher pay. [National Law Journal (sub. req.)]

    * You can sue Lady Gaga for overtime pay all you want, but you do not want to face her wrath. The pop star is due in court in early November where she’ll tell a judge “exactly what f**king happened.” [Daily Mail]

    2 Comments / / Sep 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM
  • 322px-Boy_Scouts_of_America_Eagle_Scout_Court_of_Honor-RF

    Intellectual Property, Technology, Trademarks

    Congress Gave Boy Scouts Special Law To Let Them Be Obnoxious Trademark Bullies

    They may not be able to pass a budget, but they can give easily abused special rights to the Boy Scouts.

    6 Comments / / Aug 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM
  • Two locomotives pulling a train of container cars, isolated on white

    Intellectual Property, Trademarks

    All Aboard the IP Trolling Train! New York Continues Harassing Over ‘I ♥ NY’

    New York threatens model train company with a trademark suit. Model train company fights back.

    22 Comments / / Aug 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM
  • 210px-Words_With_Friends_Logo

    Bar Exams, Basketball, Craigslist, iPhone, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Trademarks, Video games

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.01.13

    * Zynga is suing the makers of Bang With Friends alleging that the latter chose its name to take advantage of market confusion with Words With Friends. To remedy the suit, the app is considering a name change to “Bangville” which actually works better because Bang With Friends is all about pathetically bothering everyone on Facebook to give you something you can’t go out and get yourself. [BBC]

    * Ariel Castro gave some testimony. It was crazy. Enjoy! [Jezebel]

    * A comprehensive legal analysis of Better Off Dead. Spoiler alert: the Paperboy was a penal code violating machine. [The Legal Geeks]

    * 10 Things Only Someone Who’s Taken the Bar Exam Would Know [Policy Mic]

    * Just where is the FISA Court? 10 points to Gryffindor for the “Room of Requirement” reference. [Konklone]

    * The NBA luxury tax is supposed to help parity. So why doesn’t it? [The Legal Blitz]

    * Brutally honest Craigslist ad for temp document review work. This will probably come down at some point, so the ad is reproduced after the jump…

    7 Comments / / Aug 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM
  • 5.3.10SethMeyersByDavid-Shankbone

    Basketball, Non-Sequiturs, Rankings, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Trademarks, U.S. News

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.08.13

    * Sorry ladies, but Seth Meyers is now engaged. To a lawyer of all people. Alexi Ashe of AC Investment Management graduated from Southwestern University School of Law and previously worked at the King’s County District Attorney’s Office, Human Rights First, and the Somaly Mam Foundation. [Gawker]

    * A D.C. law firm is giving away its law library. An unscrupulous law school could bolster its U.S. News ranking because they count the number of volumes in law libraries even though no one has used a bound legal reporter in a decade. [Constitutional Daily]

    * “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? And does it rise to the level of nuisance?” Just one gem over on this Tumblr. [Shakespeare Takes the Bar Exam]

    * The Ohio Supreme Court may hear a speeding ticket case because there are no more pressing issues in Ohio. [USA Today]

    * Pharrell is suing will.i.am because the latter seems to think he owns a trademark in every sentence with “I am” in it. And Pharrell quotes from noted legal authority Dr. Seuss. [Jezebel]

    * Does Dwight Howard’s decision to sign with the Rockets highlight how state taxes pose a hidden threat to league parity? [TaxProf Blog]

    * Still hankering for Supreme Court discussion? Here’s a thorough roundtable examination of the previous term. [Construction Magazine]

    * Have a good legal-themed short fiction idea? Enter the ABA Journal’s Ross Writing Contest and you could win $3,000. [ABA Journal]

    2 Comments / / Jul 8, 2013 at 5:29 PM
  • KU Boobs RF

    Basketball, Breasts, Intellectual Property, Sports, Trademarks

    Young Nubile Breasts Overwhelm University Trademark Lawyers

    Cease and Desist mixing boobs and basketball? When did Kansas University lawyers start acting like the Wicked Witch?

    14 Comments / / Jun 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM
  • iStock_000003763876XSmall-RF

    Intellectual Property, Trademarks

    New York Hearts IP Trolling

    New York State is using IP law to stick it to the everyman, both literally and figuratively.

    11 Comments / / May 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM
  • E

    Intellectual Property, Rudeness, Trademarks

    What Is It With IP Lawyers?

    Maybe patent lawyers melting down on the USPTO isn’t such a unique event…

    7 Comments / / May 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM
  • Finnegan Henderson RF Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett  Dunner LLP

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Intellectual Property, Lateral Moves, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Small Law Firms, Trademarks

    Five Trademark Lawyers Take Leave of Finnegan Henderson

    Where are the five departing trademark attorneys going? And what else is happening over at Finnegan Henderson?

    3 Comments / / Apr 15, 2013 at 2:12 PM
  • Alex Kozinski, Confirmations, Crime, Drugs, Gay Marriage, Intellectual Property, Securities and Exchange Commission, Sports, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.08.13

    * Thieves made off with 5.5 tons of Nutella. Damn you Danny Ocean! [CBS News]

    * Don’t try to play Baseketball in Canton, Ohio. [Legal Juice]

    * The SEC finally allows companies to distribute disclosures via social media. Welcome to the 21st Century, SEC. [IT-Lex]

    * Speaking of the SEC, Mary Jo White was confirmed by the Senate. [Fox Business]

    * Judge Kozinski: “Can I get an oy vey up in here?” [COLLive]

    * Kentucky is just all kinds of screwy. Lawyer jailed for not turning over documents/running drug ring. [AP]

    * Energy law was number two in law firm activity this quarter. For the billionth quarter in a row, Third Amendment law failed to crack the top 10. [AOL Energy]

    * Ha! “Thus, it seems that (as has so often occurred in IP law) the focus on the problems of copyright and patent has allowed trademark law to engage, unsupervised, in a great deal of mischief.” [Law of Fashion]

    * Just a reminder: Legalizing gay marriage does not end discrimination. [National Law Journal]

    6 Comments / / Apr 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM
  • Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.14.13

    * Happy Pi Day from Sasha Volokh! [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Tiffany’s sued Costco for trademark violations because Tiffany’s is afraid someone walked into Costco and thought, “$20 Tiffany’s engagement ring? AWESOME!” [Law of Fashion]

    * Pro se litigants have finally killed Virginia’s sodomy statute. [The CockleBur]

    * UChilawgo provides a visual representation of what happens when you criticize Brian Leiter on the Internet. [UChilawgo]

    * Kelly Mathis, a Jacksonville attorney, got arrested for allegedly running a $300 million illegal gambling operation. And yet Nova Southeastern is able to make bank gambling that their students will find jobs with their degree. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * If you’re looking for someone else to foot the tab for law school, the folks at Best Criminal Justice have a helpful list. [Best Criminal Justice]

    * Law and the Multiverse knows the way to my heart: an analysis of the Futurama “Future Stock,” featuring my all-time favorite Futurama character, “80s Guy.” Click through to see “80s Guy” doing the The Safety Dance on a loop. [Law and the Multiverse]

    2 Comments / / Mar 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM
  • 'What, no power rings?'

    9/11, American Bar Association / ABA, Anthony Kennedy, Benchslaps, Biglaw, Football, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Privacy, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court, Technology, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 03.08.13

    * In case you didn’t catch this yesterday when it was announced, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, is currently being held for trial in New York City. This will be the most unbiased jury in the world. /sarcasm [New York Times]

    * According to Justice Anthony Kennedy, democracies shouldn’t depend “on what nine unelected people from a narrow legal background have to say.” Well then! I suppose we should look forward to the uprising. [The Big Story / Associated Press]

    * Cooley and Winston & Strawn are working on the $600 million sale of everyone’s favorite store for slutty Halloween costumes, Hot Topic. Apparently that store still exists. I had no idea. Good to know! [Am Law Daily]

    * Proskauer Rose is now the most powerful Biglaw firm in the sports world. It just goes to show that even if you’re too awkward to play ball, it doesn’t mean you can’t hit it out of the park in court. [Sports Illustrated]

    * “I would love to blink and wake up in 10 years and see where all this ends.” Unemployed law grads are probably saying the same thing, but hopefully these law school law firms will be beneficial. [New York Times]

    * A group of legal heavy hitters — “The Coalition of Concerned Colleagues” — submitted a cutting letter to the Task ABA Force on Legal Education. Next time, try “The Law School Avengers.” [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * If it’s proven that enough Native Americans find the Redskins team name offensive, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board may cancel the mark. Would it be offensive to call the TTAB Indian givers? [National Law Journal]

    * An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but benchslaps are another thing entirely. Sorry, Gibson Dunn, but your document production “mistake” was “unacceptable” in Judge Paul Grewal’s courtroom. [Bloomberg]

    5 Comments / / Mar 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM
  • Woman nametag-RF

    Lawyer Advertising, Privacy, Small Law Firms, Technology, Trademarks

    Buying the Names of Your Competitors Is Good Business, Totally Shady

    Can you buy the names of your competitors for advertising purposes? Wisconsin says, “yes!”

    8 Comments / / Mar 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM
  • The Notorious P.O.P.E.

    Biglaw, California, Department of Justice, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trademarks, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 02.28.13

    * Like any lawyers worth their salt, attorneys for the Obama administration are wasting precious time and procrastinating on whether they’ll weigh in on the Supreme Court’s Prop 8 case. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * The nation’s largest companies, on the other hand, filed a brief with the Supreme Court concerning the DOMA case. Of course, they care more about money than people, but that’s beside the point. [New York Times]

    * Lanny Breuer took his sweet time turning in his resignation from the top post of the DOJ Criminal Division, but his acting successor was named quite quickly. Welcome aboard, Mythili Raman. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Francine Griesing, the ex-Greenberg Traurig partner who alleged the firm was a “boys club,” agreed to mediate her claims. Too bad, we hoped something would actually happen with this case. [Legal Intelligencer]

    * Hoping to get all your law school applications out before that looming March 1 deadline? Not gonna happen. LSAC’s site has been borked since Tuesday. Take this for the obvious sign that is is! [National Law Journal]

    * Surprisingly not from The Onion: the Vatican wants to call the retiring pontiff “Pope Emeritus,” but a California rapper that no one’s ever heard of is threatening trademark litigation to stop it. [Borowitz Report / New Yorker]

    15 Comments / / Feb 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM
  • Tiffany rings LF

    Intellectual Property, Shopping, Shopping For Others, Trademarks

    Instead Of Buying Your Engagement Ring At Costco, Why Don’t You Just Give Her A Lump Of Coal And Tell Her To Sit On It?

    Tiffany sues Costco to protect its brand on behalf of people dumb enough to believe anything.

    50 Comments / / Feb 15, 2013 at 3:01 PM

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