Trademark Commissioner Resigns over Allegations of Nepotism Law Violations

Comments Off on Trademark Commissioner Resigns over Allegations of Nepotism Law Violations Written by on September 8, 2014 | Posted in USPTO & Copyright Office Developments

Trademark Commissioner Deborah Cohn was reported by The Washington Times to have announced her resignation today after allegations were reportedly made against her that she had violated nepotism laws.  A Federal Times article from July provides some additional background on the reported scandal. This particular Washington scandal has received virtually no coverage outside of the […]

Twitpic’s Abrupt Announcement to Shut Down over Trademark Dispute: Convenient Excuse or Full Story?

1 Comments Written by on September 4, 2014 | Posted in Trademark Filings, Trademark Litigation

Twitpic announced in a blog posting today that it will be shutting down on Sept. 25th over a trademark dispute with Twitter regarding the use of the name “twitpic.” Various media outlets have also covered the announcement such as  Wall Street Journal and Time. The reporting on this story has thus far not raised many […]

Steering Clear of Marketing Traps Around Milestone Events

Comments Off on Steering Clear of Marketing Traps Around Milestone Events Written by on February 7, 2014 | Posted in Trademark Licensing

If you are in the marketing/advertising business, your success depends largely on coming up with innovative new ways to promote a customer’s product or event offering.  Thus, when a milestone event arises in the sports, music, or film worlds, you may be inspired to try to capitalize on those events by tying your marketing efforts […]

Trying to Save Money with Do-It-Yourself Trademark Filings? How to Avoid Creating a More Expensive Headache for Yourself

Comments Off on Trying to Save Money with Do-It-Yourself Trademark Filings? How to Avoid Creating a More Expensive Headache for Yourself Written by on July 13, 2011 | Posted in Trademark Filings

I have been working with a number of start-ups in this recession tried to save money by filing their own trademarks, and ultimately ended up creating a more expensive headache for themselves because of mistakes they made in the application. If your start-up is one of those businesses that is trying to cut corners in […]

Decision Reached in Case that Challenged Patent Rulemaking Authority by USPTO

Comments Off on Decision Reached in Case that Challenged Patent Rulemaking Authority by USPTO Written by on March 25, 2009 | Posted in IP Licensing Litigation, Patent Cases of Interest

The Federal Circuit has reached a decision in Tafas v. Doll, which is a case that challenged the rulemaking authority of the USPTO. As I explained at the California Biotech Law Blog, the particular patent rules at issue are Rules 75, 78, 114, and 265, which are as follows: Final Rule 78: This rule provided […]

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