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Can you own the rights to THE? How The Ohio State University has shaken up trademark law

Posted on Jul 5, 2022 in Articles

On August 8, 2019, The Ohio State University filed a trademark application for the singular word THE in Class 25 for clothing. On June 21, 2022, Registration No. 6763118 was granted. With far less common word marks receiving refusals from the USPTO, what does a registration for one of the most common words in the English language mean for trademark law?

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Trademark Modernization Act Takes Effect in Mid-December: What You Need To Know

Posted on Dec 7, 2021 in Articles

Regulations implementing the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA) will officially take effect in mid-December, with the majority of provisions going into effect on December 18, 2021 and changes to office action response periods taking effect on December 1, 2022.

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A Parade of Intellectual Property: What We Can Learn From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

Posted on Nov 24, 2021 in Articles

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® is an advertiser’s paradise, a literal parade of intellectual property with a guaranteed national audience.  The modern version of the parade has evolved far beyond a trademark showcase and has embraced music and even fine art, bringing copyright issues into the mix.  With hundreds of intellectual property rights at play—far from a light lift to coordinate—viewers may wonder, how does it all come together?

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Look What You Made Taylor Do: Copyright Law Explains Why Taylor Swift Is Re-Recording Her Music

Posted on Nov 18, 2021 in Articles

In a move as legally ingenious as it is sentimental, musical artist Taylor Swift has decided that she would like to own her music. While it may seem obvious to the general public that the writer, composer, and performer of a song would then own that song, the music industry functions on a different set of rules formed by contracts and copyrights.

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The Dawn of DOCX: Modernization Underway at the USPTO

Posted on Sep 7, 2021 in Articles

On June 2, 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that its previously PDF-based filing […]

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Inside the Recent USPTO Reforms: Heightened Requirements for Patentability, but Good News for Small Businesses

Posted on Jul 1, 2021 in Articles

Changes are coming for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Within one week, the Supreme Court […]

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What Are NFTs? The Latest Blockchain Tech You Need to Know to Protect Your IP

Posted on May 20, 2021 in Articles

A blockchain company purchased an original Bansky artwork for $95,000.[1]  Then they set it on fire.[2]  Why?  The […]

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Louboutin® is Red, and Tiffany® is Blue: How to Protect Your Business’s Signature Hue

Posted on Mar 1, 2021 in Articles

Tiffany® blue.  UPS® brown.  And now, more recently, Starbucks® green and white.[1] The choice of color in a […]

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Oh, the Cases You’ll See! An Analysis of the Fair Use Doctrine in Dr. Seuss Enterprises v. ComicMix LLC

Posted on Jan 15, 2021 in Articles

One of the big recent copyright fair use cases involves a work titled Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly […]

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Trademarks in the Supreme Court in 2020

Posted on Dec 17, 2020 in Articles

Over the course of this year, the Supreme Court has been actively accepting Trademark cases for review. Four […]

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