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Not a Good year for the Goodyear pimps

John Gilberston \ January 10, 2020

In what will surely go down as a sad day in punk rock history, the Goodyear Pimps have finally lost a nearly 20-year trademark battle with Man.  They are now, officially, just the Pimps.

7-Eleven Invokes The Simpsons in Trademark Suit

John Gilberston \ January 09, 2020

7-Eleven has filed suit against Quick E Mart, a mom-and-pop convenience shop in Oregon, alleging it is deliberately using a logo and signage designed to trade on the goodwill of the ubiquitous convenience store chain. 

Miley Cyrus Avoids The Wrecking Ball

John Gilberston \ January 07, 2020

In an unexpected development, Jamaican reggae artist Flourgon has dropped his copyright infringement suit against Miley Cyrus, in which he had claimed she ripped off his lyrics in her 2013 hit “We Can’t Stop,” which prominently featured the phrase “We run things, things don’t..

Experts ask Congress to Rein in Fraudulent Chinese Trademarks

John Gilberston \ December 10, 2019

In a hearing before the Senate Intellectual Property Subcommittee, trademark experts argued that a tidal wave of fraudulent Chinese trademark applications is stifling American business––and Congress needs to do something about it.  

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.

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.” 

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?