Naming Rights -- and Wrongs: A Road Map to Protecting Personal Names

In this Analysis, Anne Gilson LaLonde surveys why and how personal name marks receive special treatment in trademark law, how personal name marks can be valid, enforceable marks, and how one can register them with the USPTO. She also discusses fair, non-trademark use of one's personal name, protection...

Personal Names as Inherently Distinctive Marks

Brooks v. Creative Arts by Calloway, LLC , 2009 TTAB LEXIS 653 (Trademark Trial & App. Bd. Oct. 30, 2009) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] held that the personal name of an individual can be an inherently distinctive trademark for purposes of federal trademark registration...

Borrower Avoids Trademark and Cybersquatting Accusations in Bashing Its Lender Online

A Minnesota federal court rejected trademark and cybersquatting claims levied against a borrower that created a website to warn consumers about what it perceived to be a lender's fraudulent business practices. Jalin Realty Capital Advisors v. A Better Wireless , 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2461 (D....