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USPTO Ramping Up Artificial Intelligence Efforts

Josh Conley \ September 30, 2019

Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides a unique set of advantages and challenges to the USPTO.  Over the past few months, the USPTO has taken steps to prepare for the rise in AI—internally and externally.  

Update: Ohio State Hits "The" Roadblock We Expected

Josh Conley \ September 26, 2019

The Ohio State University caused a stir last month by filing for trademark protection over the word “THE”.   As discussed in our previous post, Ohio State indicated that the mark was going to be used for clothing, including t-shirts and hats.  

California Moves Closer To Passing NCAA Pay Bill

Josh Conley \ September 24, 2019

Earlier this month, the California Senate unanimously approved a bill permitting college athletes to receive sponsorship and endorsement money—something the NCAA currently prohibits. 

Bud Light Ordered to Remove “No Corn Syrup” from its Packaging - Even Though it’s True

John Gilberston \ September 16, 2019

In a bit of a head-scratcher, a federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered Anheuser-Busch to remove factually-correct language from Bud Light packaging––namely, that Bud Light contains “No Corn Syrup.” 

Viacom Gets Slimed Over Double Dare Challenge

Josh Conley \ September 09, 2019

Back in early 2018, Charles Armstrong’s company Armstrong Interactive filed for registration of the trademark “Double Dare”.  His application indicated that he intends to use the mark for none other than “entertainment, namely, a continuing children’s show….”  

Doritos Tries Losing Its Name In New Ad Campaign

John Gilberston \ September 05, 2019

What’s in a name?  In a new advertisement, Frito-Lay, maker of Doritos, bets / That which we call a Dorito / By any other name would taste as sweet.  Or, for that matter, by no name at all…

Update: Mondelez Demands Facebook Turn Over Stoney Patch Contact Info

John Gilberston \ August 28, 2019

It seems like your Gmail contact information might be more secure than you thought.  After failing for a month to identify the maker of “Stoney Patch” gummies, Mondelez Canada, Inc. (MDI), maker of Sour Patch Kids, is asking the court to intervene.

LeBron James Opposes King James Trademark Application

John Gilberston \ August 26, 2019

Imagine you’re out and about, and you see a person wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “King James”–– who or what comes to mind?  King James I? The King James Bible? How about LeBron James? 

Utility Patent vs. Design Patent: Does It Matter?

Josh Conley \ August 23, 2019

Depending upon your invention, your situation, and your objective, the type of patent you choose to pursue can be an important decision. Each type of patent application has different strengths and weaknesses that can make a difference in maximizing the value of your..

Ohio State Goes Full Ohio State And Seeks Trademark On The Word "The"

Josh Conley \ August 21, 2019

In one of the most Ohio State moves ever, the University has applied for trademark protection on the word “THE”.  Ohio State filed for registration last week and indicates that the trademark will be used on clothing including T-shirts, baseball caps, and hats.