“Oh what can I do, my Buccaneer? Can you help me get my truck in gear?” Island of Lost Souls, Blondie

Tom Brady attempts to trademark 'Tompa Bay' and 'Tampa Brady ...

At the end of the 2019 NFL season, the handwriting seemed on the wall for the New England Patriots. Coach Bill Belichick, impatient with failure, seemed ready to move on from his 6

“Greensleeves was all my joy, Greensleeves was my delight,Greensleeves was my heart of gold,” Greensleeves, traditional

Forever Champions at the Masters

As we head towards Easter Sunday having polished off the last of the Manischewitz from Passover, the void left in our daily lives by Covid-19 continues to expand exponentially, like the virus itself. Working from home and self-quarantining, mired

“There’s colors on the street. red, white, and blue.” Rockin’ In The Free World, music and lyrics by Neil Young

Registration of Color Trademarks on Product Packaging: The TTAB ...
Registration of Color Trademarks on Product Packaging: The TTAB ...

On a grey day towards the end of week 4 of our Covid conundrum, a little color is a welcome diversion–even if it comes from a trademark case. The latest development in this vibrant sub-set

“Persuaded, paraded, inebriated, and down
Still aware of everything life carries on without
‘Cause there’s one too many faces with dollar sign smiles”. Whiskey Bottle, Uncle Tupelo

For decades, parody and trademarks have had a fraught relationship, particularly when it come to the interface between human brands and products for man’s best friend. Back in

“Standin’ on the highway with my coffee cup
A-wonderin’ who was gonna pick me up
I had my hopes up high, I never thought that I
Would ever wonder why I ever said good-by
I had my hopes up high” I Had My Hopes Up High music and lyrics by Joe Ely

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“Take a little tip from me. Stay away from my chicken house.” Stay Away From My Chicken House by Gene Autry

No need to be chicken about copying in poultry feeder case ...

Entering our third week of staying at home, we look for connection from any quarter. Yesterday I found it in the form of a new trademark decision from the Fourth Circuit about chicken feeders.

“I’m forever blowing bubbles. Pretty bubbles in the air.” I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, music by John Kellete, lyrics credited to Jean Kenbrovin

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“Hard seltzer” has been one of the brightest product categories in a declining market for alcoholic beverages. As reported by Bloomberg, “Alcohol drinkers are becoming more and more concerned about health and wellness,

“Everybody’s saying it–music is love.” Music is Love” music and lyrics by David Crosby, from the album “If I Could Only Remember My Name.”

Brown and Black Gramophone

On a grey day, when sheltering in place begins to wear thin, a break from trademark themes seems in order. Trying to find the silver lining behind this dark cloud

“Wise men say only fools rush in.” Can’t Help Falling In Love” music and lyrics by Haley Reinhart

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When confronting a global pandemic, it seems like folks would have better things to worry about than dreaming up schemes to monetize the panic part of pandemic. Yet predictably within days of Corona Virus and Covid-19 becoming