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Jan 27, 2020

United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decision Makes Registration for Geometric Shapes a Tough Bet

In a recent decision from the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), In re IGT, the TTAB affirmed the Examiner’s refusal to register geometric shapes covering gambling machines.

This decision is a good example of the challenges brand owners may have in obtaining trademark registrations for geometric shapes in the United States.» Read More

May 06, 2019

Key Takeaways for Cannabis Brand Owners Based on the USPTO’s Recent Guidance

For cannabis businesses that have or are interested in building their trademark portfolio, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued guidance on its standards in examining a trademark application for cannabis-related goods and services.  This guidance provides a clearer understanding of how the Trademark Examiners will approach cannabis applications post-Farm Bill. » Read More

Mar 25, 2015

Don’t Let Your United States Sweepstakes or Contest Promotion Land You in Hot Water

The post below is authored by Stuart J. Freedman, Esq.

Many businesses use promotions based on sweepstakes or contests to stir up customer interest and/or add names to their mailing/contact lists.  For the unwary, doing so can get you into a great deal of legal difficulty.» Read More

Jan 08, 2015

REWIND: International Business News #99

In this week’s REWIND of international business news,

  • Trademark owners and applicants will be happy to learn that the cost of filing or renewing a trademark application will be a little lower in 2015.  Scheduled to take effect on January 17, 2015, the USPTO has reduced the cost of applications by $50, meaning that the fee for an application will go from $325 per class to $275 per class.
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Dec 11, 2014

REWIND: International Business News #97

This week, in the REWIND of international business news, we discuss Sweden raiding a popular file sharing site, Spain introducing a ‘Google Tax’, and Uber’s growth challenges.

Sweden captures pirates, but fails to sink their ship.

Authorities in Stockholm raided the servers of Pirate Bay, one of the world’s most popular file sharing sites, and successfully took the service offline this week. » Read More