Trademark Law

506 ABA Journal Trademark Law articles.

Physician calling himself ‘the real Dr. Joshi’ sues indicted doctor with the same name

A Chicago-area pain management physician, dubbed “the real Dr. Joshi,” has filed suit against a physician with the same name who pleaded guilty in July to illegally distributing opioid medications.

In-N-Out Burger sends pun-filled letter to beer maker to address ‘brewing’ trademark issue

In-N-Out Burger has advised the makers of In-N-Stout beer that it wants to “hop to action” to resolve a “brewing” trademark issue “in good spirits.”

In-N-Out sent its pun-filled cease-and-desist…

SpongeBob and the ‘oh, please!’ standard of trademark foolishness
The moments are rare, but they exist—moments when a plaintiff’s screams for justice are (almost) drowned out by the cries of laughter from a courthouse. Today, we bring you an interesting new case of epic proportions: the trademark dispute of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Law firm that used job candidate’s statements in lawsuit won’t be sanctioned

A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to sanction a law firm accused of secretly recording a job interview with a former employee of a litigation opponent and then…

Lawyers for Velcro use music video to offer thanks for angry feedback on trademark plea

Those aren’t lawyers on Velcro Companies’ new music video thanking the public for its angry feedback. They are actors playing lawyers.

But…

LeBron James hit with trademark suit over his barbershop-based web series
LeBron James and his multimedia platform, Uninterrupted, were sued by a Detroit barbershop that claims trademark infringement over the NBA star’s web series.
Sanctions motion argues law firm secretly recorded job interview to gain information for suit
Updated: A motion filed last Wednesday claims a law firm secretly recorded a job interview with a former employee of a litigation opponent and then used the information in the lawsuit.
2 Illinois law firms using the name O’Keefe settle their legal battle

Chicago law firm O’Keefe Lyons & Hynes has settled a trademark infringement suit against the O’Keefe Law Firm in suburban LaGrange, Illinois.

O’Keefe Lyons had filed the federal lawsuit…

Judge rules in battle of law firms using same initials in their names
A law firm that used the P and M initials in its name didn’t infringe the trademark of another law firm that used the same initials, a Texas judge has ruled.
A purr-fect ending for Grumpy Cat is a $710K win in court
Star of memes Grumpy Cat has a savvy owner who's leveraged the feline's sourpuss face to produce branded products, score a commercial spot and obtain a “spokescat” deal.
Rash of UPL lawsuits filed by LegalForce show its failure to compete, defendants say
Raj Abhyanker is up in arms against legal technology companies he believes are practicing law without a license.

With the growth of online services that assist people filing trademarks and patents, Abhyanker says he has seen his business suffer because “I can’t do what they’re doing, but they can do what I’m doing.”
Nonlawyers at LegalZoom performed legal work on trademark applications, UPL suit alleges
A complaint filed Tuesday in the Northern District of California alleges LegalZoom has engaged in the “unauthorized practice of law, false advertising, unfair competition and other claims with respect to preparation and filing of trademark applications" before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Town crier delivers Bud Light’s cease-and-desist letter to craft brewer over its ‘Dilly Dilly’ beer

Bud Light delivered a cease and desist letter on Friday to a Minneapolis-based craft brewer using a man dressed as a town crier who declared in a theatrical tone that…

Law grad settles claims that Chobani co-opted his ‘how’ philosophy in a marketing campaign

A Harvard law grad who helps businesses create ethical cultures has settled state and federal lawsuits that claimed an advertising agency for Chobani yogurt co-opted his “how” philosophy with a…

Christian group sues Southern Poverty Law Center over hate-group designation

Updated: A conservative Christian group claims it was defamed by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s placement of the ministry on its “hate map” for “anti-LGBT” views.

The federal suit by…

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