Is Travis Kelce’s newfound status as Taylor Swift’s boyfriend enough to meet the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) “acquired distinctiveness” standard? He plans to find out with the help of Time Person of the Year, Taylor Swift. Swift is no stranger to using intellectual property to effectively protect her brand and music. In

As artificial intelligence (AI) grows in prevalence and accessibility, it is important for employers to consider the implications of its use by their employees. One method of anticipating and quelling potential liabilities that may arise is through deploying certain internal AI policies. This article focuses on certain issues employers should strongly consider when drafting and

After years of uncertainty, the USPTO has finally provided insight on how it views applications for cannabis-related marks, suggesting that the use of such marks will be heavily scrutinized.   

In 2016, National Concession Group, Inc. (NCG) filed an application to register the mark “BAKKED” (Serial No. 87168058) and this stylized drop design mark

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On April 4, 2023, jazz musician Charles Bertini emerged victorious in his legal battle against the tech giant Apple Inc. To provide some background, in 2015, Apple launched a streaming service and filed for federal trademark protection of its APPLE MUSIC mark in connection with “production and distribution of sound recordings and arranging, organizing, conducting

When entering into a trademark license agreement most trademark owners do not consider the possibility that their agreement actually may be a franchise, which would subject them to specific disclosure requirements and a number of relationship responsibilities not normally present in a trademark license.    

Recently, the owner of a restaurant concept entered into what

Recently, Melissa Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, took on the USPTO in a battle to establish trademark rights to a popular lyric from her 2017, Billboard-topping song Truth Hurts. The phrase, “100% That B—h”, which Lizzo admitted was inspired by a tweet, was recently the subject of several lawsuits concerning the authorship of the work