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Developments In NC State Trademark Law

When I last wrote about SCI North Carolina Funeral Services, LLC v. McEwen Ellington Funeral Services, Inc., Judge Murphy had entered a TRO against the Defendants for trademark infringement over their use of the McEwen name in their funeral home business. The case seemed cut and dried then, and...

Bizarre UDRP Decision Against Google Reminds Brand Owners of "Wild Card" Risk

Bonkers. I love that word. It harkens back to an earlier era when people used more euphemisms in their speech in order to blunt the strength of their criticism. Bananas. Loopy. These are the descriptions that come to mind when I read Google Inc. v. Fundacion Private Whois / Domain Administrator,...

Gucci Has a Big E-Win

Domain name disputes are pretty standard items in the brand protection strategies. Domain name disputes afford brand owners an expeditious and cheap way of securing ownership rights over infringing domain names. Case in point, Gucci's significant win over 165 infringing domain names this month...

Quebec Court: Canada’s Kinda Bilingual

Previously , CanadaFashionLaw covered retailers’ challenge to the Office Quebecois de la Langue Francaise (basically, the French language police). The Quebec Superior Court issued their decision last week which put the reins on the French language police. Public signage and marketing in Quebec...

What’s the Legal Impact of the Redskins Trademark Decision?

Many people seem confused by the decision of the US Patent & Trademark Office to rescind the registered trademark “Redskins” owned by the Washington football team [ an enhanced version of the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ]. So let’s...

Significant Changes to Canada’s Trade-marks Regime

Canada’s trade-mark regime was officially given a maaaaaajor dose of botox on June 19, when proposed changes to trade-marks legislation was given royal assent. Whereas some revisions were expected, others have brand owners and their trusty trade-mark lawyers up in arms. First, let’s go...

Significant Changes to Canada’s Trade-marks Regime

Canada’s trade-mark regime was officially given a maaaaaajor dose of botox on June 19, when proposed changes to trade-marks legislation was given royal assent. Whereas some revisions were expected, others have brand owners and their trusty trade-mark lawyers up in arms. First, let’s go...

Tesla Faces Renewed Trademark Trouble in China

Tesla’s intellectual property is in the news again, but this time it’s a trademark issue. A previous post reported on Tesla’s trademark problem in China. Evidently, a businessman named Zhan Baosheng had registered the TESLA (or “Te Si La” transliterated) trademark...

From Burgers to Biofuels: Trademark Board Rules McDonald’s “Mc” Rights Extend to Biodiesel

In March of 2009 Joel Joseph filed a U.S. trademark application for the mark BioMcDiesel for use in connection with marketing and selling biodiesel fuel. Needless to say, the owner of the ubiquitous global McBrand was not pleased. McDonald’s Corporation filed an opposition proceeding before...

Tesla Resolves Chinese Trademark Dispute (Again, This Time With Cash)

Previous posts ( here , here , and here ) discussed Tesla’s trademark troubles in China. As it sought to expand into the Chinese market, the electric car maker encountered a businessman named Zhan Baosheng who owned registrations for the TESLA (or “Te Si La” transliterated) trademark...

It’s No Use: Why Chevy’s BOLT Trademark Isn’t (Necessarily) a New Brand

There is some curious eco-mark news to report: apparently, last month General Motors filed two notable U.S. trademark applications, one for BOLT and the other for CHEVROLET BOLT. They are Application Nos. 86357513 and 86357523 (BOLT Applications), respectively, and list the goods as “motor land...

Is Your Mark Really in Use on Everything?

When a trademark owner says the mark is in use on everything in the trademark registration, it is only true half of the time. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently completed an interesting study of trademark registrations. The question addressed in the study was whether in filing documents...

Chevy Unveils Bolt; Planned Production Date Would Secure BOLT Trademark

A previous post took a deep dive into two recently filed U.S. eco-mark applications filed by General Motors for the marks BOLT and CHEVROLET BOLT (Application Nos. 86357513 and 86357523 for “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles”). That post explained how GM could secure federal trademark...