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Beach brewery wins 'Shorebilly' trademark lawsuit
USA TODAY
"Teal Bay had no valid common law trademark infringement claim against Southbound," the judge wrote. "Teal Bay did not create the word 'shorebilly,' had no 'patent' on the word itself, and it was not the first to use the word commercially.

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Neither peaceful nor lovely: Vosges Haut-Chocolat's trademark spat
Crain's Chicago Business
Vosges Haut-Chocolat is embroiled in a dispute with a small chocolatier in Colorado over, ironically, the use of the slogan "peace, love and chocolate." The spat draws attention not only to the difficulties of trademark

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Report highlights global disparities in trademark law
InsideCounsel
Protecting intellectual property rights on an international scale is a constant focus for government entities and businesses alike as trademark laws vary widely from country to country. The disparate nature of global intellectual property laws makes a ...

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Taylor Swift Trademark Primer -- Dozens Of Trademarks 'Belong With Me'
Forbes
It's reaching a crescendo! Taylor trademark-mania is striking an unlikely note in the world of trademark law. This is actually the second time in six months I've delved into the world of Swift-marks. The thing is — she's not wrong. One can debate t

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New Year – Consider a Trademark Audit
The National Law Review
A trademark is an intangible asset of the company that, like most assets, should be audited periodically. Ideally, a trademark audit examines and evaluates the strengths, weaknesses, and relative value of a company's trademarks vis-à-vis its current or ...

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The NFL wants you to think these things are illegal
Ars Technica
It's a completely ridiculous circumlocution that just draws attention to itself and the absurdity that is trademark law. Obviously they're talking about the Super Bowl; they're clearly not talking about the Cal-Stanford game, or a high-stakes poker ...
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Taylor Swift Trademarks 'This Sick Beat' and Other Catchphrases
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Thinking about selling T-shirts with “This Sick Beat” or “Party Like Its 1989” emblazoned on the front? Well, think again, because the only person who can legally do so now is Taylor Swift. The pop superstar has trademarked the

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Leading-Edge Law: Is there First Amendment protection for offensive trademarks?
Richmond.com
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decided last year the trademark registrations owned by the Washington Redskins football team that contain the word “Redskins” should be revoked because, it determined, that name was disparaging to American Indians ...

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Could The Battle Over 'Redskins' Change Trademark Law?
WYPR
The Lanham Act is "the federal statute establishing a trademark register which gives exclusive rights to use a trademark throughout the United States," says attorney Jay Hines. Hines has worked as a senior attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark...

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Trademark-Trolling County Government Ordered To Pay $40000 In Legal Fees
Techdirt
Because of its deceptive attempt to intimidate Renna into removing a non-trademarked county seal (while citing trademark law), the county is now handing $40,000 of its constituents' money over to one of its most vocal critics. If that's not a misuse of ...

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