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Sep 09, 2019

Food and Liquor Brands: What You Need to Know About Trademarks

In a recent federal court ruling, a judge articulated once again why famous brands enjoy greater rights than those that lack renown.

The case pits two giants in wholly unrelated fields— clothing versus alcoholic beverages.

The lesson? Food, beverage, and liquor sellers should exercise caution and select brand names that are not the same or are not similar to those of existing “famous” brands, even in completely unrelated fields. » Read More

May 06, 2019

USPTO Issues First Guidance on Examination of Cannabis Trademark Applications

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued helpful guidance on the examination of cannabis trademark applications.  This guidance is the USPTO’s first pronouncement of how it will evaluate the legal use in commerce requirement for trademark applications covering cannabis goods and services.   » Read More

Feb 19, 2019

Beware the Trademark Scammers

Sometimes, it seems not a day goes by without a client calling about a trademark-related scam. To help you avoid becoming another victim, I am writing about two of the more common fraudulent schemes.

The first involves the transmission (via snail mail or email) to the owner of a trademark registration of a notice that looks official, and may even be labeled “Patent and Trademark Office.”  The notice requests payment to “renew” a trademark registration, warning that if it is not received by a specific date, the trademark registration will expire. » Read More

Nov 21, 2018

A Feast of THANKSGIVING Trademarks

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, the authors here at More Than Your Mar®k want to say “thank you” to all of our subscribers and readers.  We are grateful for the opportunity to share with you all-things-trademark… and more!

Keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, here is a feast of “THANKSGIVING” trademarks that are registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  » Read More

Jul 30, 2018

The Growing Global Trend in the Use of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Patent and Trademark Applications

Startups and tech companies are not the only ones who are developing artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technologies to improve efficiency.  The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently published a summary report indicating that intellectual property offices throughout the world are evaluating and experimenting with AI. » Read More

Apr 16, 2018

The Rise of Blockchain in Patent and Trademark USPTO Filings

Blockchain, also known as distributed ledger technology (DLT), is a digital ledger in which transactions, often made in a cryptocurrency, are recorded chronologically and publicly.  (You can refer to our prior post on blockchain and cryptocurrencies here.)

Although the applications of blockchain technology is most commonly associated with cryptocurrencies, there is a surge of other use cases in the fields of finance, healthcare, arts/entertainment, government, and logistics.  » Read More

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