Category: Trademark

IP for IPAs: Why Intellectual Property Matters for Alcohol Makers

Craft breweries, distilleries and vineyards are becoming more experienced with trademark litigation after a series of lawsuits within the alcoholic beverages industry. Many trademark battles within the alcoholic beverages industry involve labeling and branding. For example, Lagunitas filed a complaint against Sierra Nevada over its Hop Hunter IPA. According to Lagunitas, the label on Sierra Nevada’s

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Segway to Hoverboard Companies: Stop Copying Us!

Hoverboards have become enormously successful at two things since being released for the holiday season last year: consumer sales and causing injuries. These products are also known as battery-powered self-balancing scooters. The negative media attention surrounding hoverboards has caused manufacturers of similar products to take notice. Segway and its parent company Ninebot, along with DEKA,

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Pepperidge Farm Sues Trader Joe’s for Copycat Milano Cookies

Pepperidge Farm, the creator of Milano Cookies, is suing national supermarket chain Trader Joe’s over allegations of trademark infringement. The lawsuit was filed over claims Trader Joe’s had manufactured knockoff Milano cookies. Pepperidge Farm has argued Trader Joe’s Crispy Cookies look very similar to Milano Cookies. If this lawsuit were filed over regular chocolate chip cookies,

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The Force Was Not with These Three Star Wars Lawsuits

Lucasfilm has a long history of intellectual property lawsuits that shows the importance of protecting your brand. The film giant has taken on the Ronald Reagan Administration, Verizon, a dedicated fan and many others over allegations of trademark infringement. Lucasfilm once sued the Strategic Defense Initiative, otherwise known as the Star Wars Program. The Star

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5 Amusing Donald Trump Trademarks Over the Years

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump is famous for trademarking various phrases, and even his own name. The GOP frontrunner and real estate magnate has trademarked campaign slogans, his name, famous New York City landmarks, catchphrases from his television shows and made-up political terminology. Donald Trump trademarked Central Park, a famous New York City landmark, for

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Comedian Larry the Cable Guy Files Trademark Lawsuit Against Gas Station

Comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, known by his stage name Larry the Cable Guy, has filed a trademark lawsuit against a Diamondhead gas station. The gas station, located in Mississippi, is using the catchphrase “Giterdone”, which is used by Larry the Cable Guy as part of his standup act. Whitney filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of

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Why the California Marijuana Industry Lacks Trademark Protections

In 1996, California voters passed the Compassionate Use Act, legalizing access to medicinal marijuana. Since 1996, the medical marijuana industry in California has grown substantially, offering patients access to cannabis-infused cookies, ice cream, candies and thousands of strains. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a law that allows medical marijuana companies to attract venture capitalists and

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Why Is the E-Cigarette Industry Ripe for Trademark Lawsuits?

E-cigarettes have become an extremely popular alternative to tobacco products by offering a wider range of flavors and appearing healthier than cigarettes. These new products work by utilizing juice, coils and wicks to produce flavorful vapor, which can serve as an alternative for people who want to quit smoking. E-liquids come in a variety of

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Why Metal Gear Creators Were Almost Sued for Trademark Infringement

Video game enthusiasts have probably heard of Solid Snake and Big Boss, the legendary heroes of the Metal Gearseries. Gamers may not realize both characters are loosely based on Snake Plissken, the anti-hero from the movies Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. Kurt Russel plays Snake Plissken in both movies. The similarities between Solid Snake, Big Boss

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Subway Sued for Lying About the Size of Its Footlong Sub

Subway has come under scrutiny for lying about the size of its Footlong subs, one of the sandwich maker’s most famous products. We have all heard the commercials “$5 Footlong!”, but it turns out the famous sandwich might be a hoax. In 2013, an Australian customer upset over the size of a Footlong they had

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