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    Grateful for Your Help!

    by  • February 4, 2011 • Uncategorized

    If you’re a procrastinator like me, you’ve been planning on sending me an affidavit about the distinctiveness of the trademark for my blog.  Now’s the time though!  Original post here. Thanks for all those who have sent me something so far, and for those of you who plan to but haven’t gotten around to...

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    Your Help Needed!

    by  • January 18, 2011 • Uncategorized

    So, I filed an application to register the name of my blog.  I was refused registration, twice, under Section 2(e) on the basis that the name of the blog is merely descriptive. I heartily disagree, but there I am, with a final refusal. So I’m taking a page from John Welch’s playbook (although without any floating key chain...

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    Rhymes with Orange

    by  • August 15, 2010 • Uncategorized

    Some of you may recall I did some posts about “Moose Tracks” ice cream, a registered trademark but a generic flavor name in my book.  So I couldn’t resist posting today’s comic from one of my favorite cartoonists, Hilary Price and Rhymes with Orange: The text of this work is licensed under a Creative...

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    Meet Those Who Blog

    by  • April 21, 2010 • Uncategorized

    The wait is over – we have the Official Announcement from the TTABlog for this year’s Meet the Bloggers (VI, for those keeping count), although we are still anxiously awaiting the moniker assigned this year by the Trademark Blog (back story here). Yours truly has the honor of co-hosting this year, still riding the...

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    1/10th

    by  • May 7, 2009 • Uncategorized

    Intellectual property law is generally considered a scheme for the protection of non-rivalrous, non-excludeable goods. In other words, because an idea once disclosed can be used by all, laws are needed to provide exclusivity so that the inventor can capture some reward for his or her work. Jefferson: “Society may give an exclusive right...

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    Can POLAROID Still Survive?

    by  • March 13, 2009 • Uncategorized

    I previously reminisced about the grand brand that used to be Polaroid. It’s still is an income-producing mark in at least China, India and Brazil. We know, because Polaroid Corp. brought an adversarial proceeding to avoid the transfer of the Polaroid marks to Ritchie Capital Management L.L.C. Thomas Petters had used the marks to...

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    But Wait – Meet WHICH Bloggers?

    by  • February 28, 2009 • Uncategorized

    While I can’t claim attendance at all the Meet the Bloggers events, I do claim attendance at the very first one (okay, I’m not in the picture – I must have been getting another cold one. I was there, really I was). I haven’t yet gotten my official invitation to participate as a blogger...

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    Dilbert on Company Time

    by  • January 22, 2009 • Uncategorized

    Dilbert has been running a series for all of you who aspire to be you own boss but on company time, a lesson that Carter Bryant has learned. Sorry about the formatting, but click on the strip to see the full image: © 2009 Pamela Chestek

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    Shares of Curlin

    by  • December 2, 2008 • Uncategorized

    It’s not intellectual property, but it is intangible property, a court case and lawyers. ESPN reports that a judge has rejected the sale of a 20% interest in the Horse of the Year Curlin for $4 million. The 20% share is owned by disbarred attorneys who need to raise money to pay former phen-fen...

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