Category Archives: Servicemarks

How to protect that GREAT IDEA…What is “Intellectual Property?”

In the practice of business and intellectual property law, lawyers often meet with clients who have created something new, unique or different and want to know how to protect their creation. The concept of protecting an “idea” (also known as … Continue reading

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Korean “Hilton Motel” sued by Hilton for Trademark Infringement

In 2009, a Korean Motel called “Hilton Motel” had a suit filed against it in Seoul District Court by the international Hilton hotel chain (HLT International). HLT demanded that the owner of the motel, identified only as Mr. Yoon, cease … Continue reading

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Internet Jokesters Impersonate the US Chamber of Commerce Website – Is it Copyright Infringement?

It was a great news story – In late 2009, a group calling themselves the “Yes Men” played a joke involving the US Chamber of Commerce. They put up a phony site along with a phony press release, supposedly quoting … Continue reading

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Can Purchasing Competitor’s Keywords Constitute Trademark Infringement?

Many companies reach customers by paying for placement of selected words or phrases (key words) at the top of Internet search engine results. Companies generally bid on the selected search terms, agreeing to pay a certain amount to the search … Continue reading

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Trend Setter Realty / RE/MAX Trademark Infringement Case

A Federal Judge in the US District Court in Houston, Texas has ruled that the signage used by Trend Setter Realty infringes on a RE/MAX trademark design under both Texas and federal law. The court reaffirmed RE/MAX’s red-over-white-over-blue sign design … Continue reading

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Experts Agree That Registering Patents and Trademarks Leads to Higher Profits

Most business owners already know that protecting their trade names, products and ideas with patents and trademarks provides protection from unfair competition. A recent study shows that they can also lead to higher profits for the trademark and patent holders. … Continue reading

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New York, NY – Questions about who owns the $19 million name “Tavern on the Green”

New York City announced in October 2009 that it would be taking steps to assert its legal right to the name “Tavern on the Green.” The name belongs to a world-famous restaurant, situated in New York City’s Central Park and … Continue reading

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US Department of Justice Creates Task Force to Battle International Intellectual Property Crimes

The US Department of Justice has announced the formation of a task force that will focus on fighting US and international crimes committed in relation to US intellectual property. The task force will work closely with state, local and international … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case Involving Washington Redskins Trademark

Native American activists have long tried to contest the federal trademark status awarded to the Washington Redskins NFL football team. The history of the case is this: in 1999 the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that the name “Redskins” … Continue reading

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Man & Machine Wins Rights to Use Mighty Mouse Moniker

The US Patent and Trademark Office recently awarded Man & Machine with rights to the name “Mighty Mouse” to refer to the company’s “cursor control devices.” Man & Machine won the rights despite the fact that CBS had actually filed … Continue reading

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