Hannukah with the Blawgers – Blawg Review #191 (Archive post)

LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION® is privileged to host the Blawg Review of Lights on this festive night! That is, Happy Hannukah!  Yes, the fundamental narrative of Hannukah is black–letter: Hannukah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees, a small band of Jewish patriots, over the mighty armies of Syrian King Antiochus. When they restored the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the Maccabees found one jar of pure oil, enough to keep the menorah burning for just one day….

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Trademarks are forever?

Originally posted 2013-09-16 19:07:50. Republished by Blog Post PromoterNo, not necesarily, but the DeBeers name is still pretty good currency when it comes to selling diamonds: A New York diamond merchant acted in bad faith when he sought to capitalize on the famed De Beers name as part of his plan to sell diamonds on the Internet, a federal judge ruled on Friday. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled Rosenblatt violated trademark law through the... Read more

Unlikely to confuse

Check out, and think about, this post by John Welch and, of course, the article he’s writing about, one of whose authors is Barton Beebe, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last week when I accepted his invitation to chat with LLM’ers at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy: Professors Barton Beebe and C. Scott Hemphill of New York University School of Law challenge trademark orthodoxy in their new article, “The Scope... Read more

Why I let my trademark registration lapse

In 2006 I filed to register the trademark LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION®, not because I had experienced much in the way of a need for trademark enforcement, but because doing so seemed like an awesomely cute idea.  Which it was. The mark was registered on May 15, 2007.  I filed a combined Section 8 and 15 affidavit in 2012.  And life went on. And for ten years no one needed to be sent a cease and desist... Read more

Best of 2012: Hardball at the TTAB

Originally posted 2012-12-27 06:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterFirst posted on October 29, 2012. Far be it from me to put words into the mouth of John Welch, whose powers of expression are more than adequate to make the point, but it does seem that John is, in this case he reports on today at the TTABlog, taken aback at some recent litigation at the TTAB: Pro se Applicant Brick City 21 applied to register the... Read more

Those Olympian games

Originally posted 2013-10-25 12:41:05. Republished by Blog Post PromoterAuthoritative British IP blogger Peter Groves has characteristically well-developed thoughts about the UK’s widely-reported reign of terror over enforcement concerning “unauthorized” use of the word OLYMPIC ahead of that island nation’s hosting of this year’s Summer Olympics. And it has been ridiculous, at least for a free-type country.  Here’s what happenedto one bunch of disestablishmentarianists: Twitter has cracked down over online infringement of the Olympic logo after... Read more

An emphatic NO!

Originally posted 2014-09-08 18:10:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Chatty Kathy: German designer Wolfgang Joop’s bid to have a punctuation mark trademarked [sic] for his Joop! clothing and perfume company has been denied by European Union judges. Joop applied to register two versions of an exclamation point: the first is a simple exclamation and the other is inside a rectangular frame. Can’t blame him for trying! Say — maybe he can get a registration for... Read more