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SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Blackbeard Copyright Case

John Gilberston \ November 15, 2019

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Allen v. Cooper, seeking to answer the question of whether the Eleventh Amendment protects states from being sued for copyright infringement.  

Sharon Stone Sues Over "Sharon Stoned" Tune

John Gilberston \ November 13, 2019

Remember Chanel the receptionist from Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory?  Well she’s a rapper now, and appears to have learned the old adage that no press is bad press.

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?