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And the Award for Most Unusual Trademark Lawsuit Goes to.....

With the arrival of the Academy Awards, many in Hollywood have been obsessing about final preparations for what they're going to wear as they step out of their limousines and walk up the iconic "red carpet" or, better yet, what they're going to say in accepting an award (before being escorted off stage for being too longwinded). Others, namely highly-paid Los Angeles trademark attorneys, are filing infringement lawsuits.

Tenant Bankruptcy Proceedings - Part 2

Last month in part 1 of this discussion about tenants and bankruptcy we addressed two issues: (1) concerns arising out of the automatic stay and (2) whether a tenant will assume or reject the lease. This month we will focus when to seek relief from the automatic stay.

Chick-fil-A says, "Eat Mor Chikin.....And Kale."

I don't know about you, but I just don't get kale. I've read the articles about it being a "nutritional powerhouse" and I know it's supposed to be part of the proverbial balanced diet, but I don't find the taste or the consistency very appealing. When I sit down at a fast food restaurant to eat a chicken sandwich (instead of a bacon cheeseburger), I'd prefer a side of crispy French fries or creamy coleslaw.

The Return of the Los Angeles Chargers

When the Rams and the Raiders both left Los Angeles back in the 1990's, no one thought it would be more than twenty years before an NFL franchise returned to the City of Angels. But, now that it appears the Rams are on their way back (after a so-so stint in St. Louis) and both the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers are vying to be the second or even third team to call Los Angeles home, there's been an unexpected development that may portend that second return. The San Diego Chargers, having been gone the longest of all three teams, has filed an application for registration of the trademark "LOS ANGELES CHARGERS" with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Who Owns Yosemite National Park? (The Trademark, Not The Actual Park)

If the federal government changed the name of Yosemite National Park to something else, would it change the beauty of the natural setting, the breathtaking grandeur of the vistas or even the popularity of visiting the national park amongst tourists? Probably not.

Infringe Them You Should Not

A long time ago (circa 1977) in a galaxy not so very far away (our very own Milky Way galaxy) George Lucas unleashed a branding juggernaut when he released the first Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope. Since then, we've learned to love most things Star Wars (of course Jar Jar and Ewoks aren't on my personal list of favorites) and the lexicon of film characters (Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, et al.) and fictional places (Naboo, Tatooine, the Death Star, etc.) and the manifestation of gizmos and gadgets (light sabers, the Millennium Falcon, R2D2) have spawned a never-ending opportunity for mimicry, infringement, and outright counterfeiting under the guise of salutation. Nowhere is this phenomenon more prevalent than in the realm of intellectual property, where blatant ripoffs and unlicensed uses of Star Wars trademarks and copyrights are more prevalent than the snow fleas on a tauntaun carcass.

Inspiration For The Jeep Trademark Finds a New Home

Ever since I was a kid growing up in Oklahoma, the one thing I've hoped to find under the tree on Christmas morning more than anything else was a Jeep. And, I didn't want just any ol' Jeep. I've always wanted a 1945 Ford "script" Jeep, one of the World War II era quarter ton trucks manufactured for the U.S. military and that served in combat theaters around the world (the "script refers to the Ford name affixed to all the parts). It was the vehicle that established Jeep as a brand and as a trademark and served as the jumping off point for ensuing decades of sport utility vehicles manufactured by almost every automobile maker in the U.S.

Will There be Corn Syrup in Your Stocking on Christmas Morning?

With Christmas just around the corner, visions of sugar plums and other sweet treats are dancing in consumers' heads as they plan for the big event. Candy and the sugar used to make it are very big business in the United States and account for annual sales in the billions of dollars. Worldwide sales are even more staggering in their magnitude. So, it should come as no surprise that other sweetener manufacturers, envious of the stranglehold sugar has had as the sweetener of choice, have tried to make inroads against sugar's market share in recent years. Not least amongst these competitors has been the corn industry.

Back to the Trademark Dispute

When Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled from 1985 to 2015 in a modified DeLorean DMC-12 in the second movie of the Back to the Future trilogy, they visited the town square of fictional Hill Valley and the courthouse played a key role in getting them back to their own time. Little did they know, but in the real year 2015 a real courthouse (albeit in real New Jersey) was the setting for a legal battle over the intellectual property rights associated with the DeLorean brand.

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