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Trademark Dispute

Hanes Pop Warner’s Way: Trademark Dispute Over Pop Warner Mark

On February 1, 2021, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (“PWLS”) and Pop Warner Authentic, Inc. (“PWA”) (collectively, “Pop Warner”) filed a complaint for trademark infringement against Hanesbrands, Inc. (“Hanes”) in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Pop Warner is seeking injunctive relief and damages stemming from these infringement allegations. Given …

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“Terrible Towel” Lawsuit a Good Reminder to Consult a Trademark Lawyer

On August 21, 2020, The Eamon Foundation, owner of multiple trademarks related to the “Terrible Towel” waived at Pittsburgh Steelers (the “Steelers”) games, sued Time In, LLC d/b/a Time in Apparel (“TIA”) for trademark infringement, unfair competition, dilution and unjust enrichment. The lawsuit is a good reminder of the importance of consulting with an experienced …

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USPTO Gives Priority to PPE Trademarks

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically transformed the operations of many businesses and some have responded by altering their ordinary production operations to fill the demand for personal protective equipment (“PPE”). As a result, the United States Patent and Trademark Organization (“USPTO”) has seen an increase in trademark applications for COVID-19-related medical goods and services. In …

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TTAB Prohibits Registration of CBD Trademark

Getting a CBD trademark is not as easy as one would think. In 2015, Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, LLC (“Stanley Brothers”) applied for registration of the mark CW (the “Mark”) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), for “hemp oil extracts sold as an integral component of dietary and nutritional supplements.” The USPTO …

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A Trademark Lawyer Can Guide you to Obtaining a Strong Trademark

When starting a new business and attempting to stand out from the crowd, it is important for business owners to consider how to go about building a strong brand. An essential part of creating good branding is developing a robust trademark. A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that …

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Want to Coexist with Another Brand? Ask a TM Lawyer How to Do So

Businesses often come into conflict with other businesses that use identical or similar brands to sell related goods and/or services. This can lead to the refusal of a trademark application by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) on the basis of a likelihood of confusion, or lengthy litigation with attendant expensive legal fees …

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Wondering if Your Trademark has Been Abandoned? Ask a Trademark Lawyer

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has led to the shuttering of businesses throughout the world. While many of these businesses will be able to open when it is deemed safe by authorities for them to do so, others will be forced to close down forever. For struggling businesses that have registered and/or common …

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Jack Daniels Chewed Up by Trademark Law

VIP Products LLC (“VIP”) designs, markets and sells “Silly Squeakers” dog toys that are often made to humorously resemble well-known beverage containers. In 2013, VIP fashioned the Bad Spaniels Silly Squeaker (“Bad Spaniels”) dog toy to resemble a Jack Daniel’s whiskey bottle and altered the label by: 1) replacing “Jack Daniel’s” with “Bad Spaniels;” 2) …

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