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Can Trump Trademark Ted Cruz's 'Trumpertantrum'?

One question that trademark lawyers hear all the time is “they can’t trademark that, can they?” Take the recent news about the “Trumpertantrum.” Did Donald coin the term? Maybe not. But that does not mean he can’t claim it as his own.<p>Trademarks are interesting in that way. You can own a trademark …

A Lawyer Explains Why a Recent Attempt to Trademark the Word ‘React’ Was Bad News

The world has seen no shortage of absurd and greedy attempts to trademark commonly used words. It’s one of the many byproducts of an economic system …

Coca-Cola Fights for ‘Zero’ Trademark Rights

Officials are gearing up to rule nearly 13 years after soda giant first tried to register the word<p>Who knew “zero” could be so valuable?<p>Last month, Canada rejected Coca-Cola Co.’s attempt to trademark the rights to the common English word for its diet drink brands—including Coca-Cola Zero, Sprite …

Coca-Cola

Bacardi Fights to Reclaim Ownership of Havana Club in Closely Watched Trademark Case

When the diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba started to ease in late 2014, Bacardi thought it was just a matter of time until it would reacquire full ownership of the Havana Club rum prized trademark.<p>It was wrong.<p>Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the renewal of a …

Facebook faces jury trial over Timeline trademark

Facebook has failed to strike from its own history an unfortunate matter involving the trademark for Timeline, the storytelling version of the profile that attempts to chronicle each member's life events.<p>The social network, which was first sued in September 2011 by Chicago company Timelines Inc. …

Yosemite: Famed hotel name to change in trademark dispute

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The names of iconic hotels and other landmarks in the world-famous Yosemite National Park will soon change in an ongoing battle …

National Parks

The Glee Club and the power of trademarks for small businesses

Registering trademarks can help businesses of any size, as the case of a small comedy club chain and 20th Century Fox has shown<p>Comic Enterprises Ltd is a small company operating a number of comedy clubs in the UK under the name The Glee Club. Its name has been registered as a trademark since …

Guest Post: How Spotify Pays (or Doesn’t Pay) Songwriters

[<i>Editor Charlie sez: MTP’s first post of 2016 is a guest post by Stephen Carlisle, an entertainment lawyer with over 25 years experience in private</i> …

Spotify

Wolfgang Puck in Trademark Spat With Boulder-Born Restaurant The Kitchen

Boulder's original farm to table restaurant, <b>The Kitchen</b>, has launched a legal trademark battle against celebrity chef <b>Wolfgang Puck</b>. The twelve year old restaurant known for its commitment to <b>local and seasonal ingredients</b> is challenging Puck's use of the name The Kitchen in existing and upcoming …

Comeback-minded Ronda Rousey wants to trademark a feisty, profane phrase

By Des Bieler<p>, Reporter<p>Ronda Rousey is reportedly trying to trademark another phrase, or several variants thereof. And while it shares a trait in common with the previous phrase on which she recently filed for a trademark — a distinct element of profanity — this one reflects the former UFC …