Trademarks

In this Friday, July 28, 2018 photo, Kirk Duke, whose family runs a Napa Valley winery called Duke's Folly, poses with bottles of wine at his home in Falmouth, Maine. The business was recently blocked from getting a trademark after Duke University intervened, saying it would lead to confusion with the school. Rather than risk a costly legal battle, the family agreed to a settlement requiring it to drop the trademark claim and tweak the name of the company, to Dukes’ Folly. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
August 28, 2018 - 12:05 am
Records gathered by The Associated Press show that some major universities send their lawyers after even slight perceived threat to their brands. Texas A&M went after its own alumni association in 2016 because it trademarked a slogan with the word "Aggie" in it. The University of Minnesota told...
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July 26, 2018 - 3:59 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Eminem has found himself in an unlikely battle: one over retail, not rap. The Detroit Free Press reports that fashion designer Clement Brown of the Three Thirteen shop is trying to block Eminem's trademark request for his apparel line, E13. Brown has held a trademark for his Three...
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A Kitkat chocolate snack is photographed Wednesday July 25, 2018, in Rugby, England, after the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that the four-fingered shape of the KitKat chocolate bar is not distinctive enough to be trademarked. KitKat maker Nestle, has been trying since 2002 to establish a European trademark for the snack. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
July 25, 2018 - 11:33 am
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — KitKat is not getting its break. The maker of the chocolate bar has for 16 years tried to trademark its four-finger shape in the European Union, arguing it is a distinctive feature that deserves protection. Like Toblerone's pyramid blocks, which are trademarked. But a...
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FILE - In a Thursday, July 19, 2018 file photo, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, applauds during a signing ceremony where President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that establishes a National Council for the American Worker in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. Ivanka Trump’s clothing company is shutting down and all its employees are being laid off, according to news reports. The New York Post is reporting that its sources say the company “will be shuttered ‘ASAP’ and that staff have been informed that they’re being laid off.”(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 24, 2018 - 9:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ivanka Trump is shutting down her fashion line of dresses, shoes and handbags that became a target of political boycotts and spurred concerns about conflicts of interest after her father was elected. The president's daughter said in a statement she made the decision so she could...
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June 12, 2018 - 8:59 am
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's top court has defended French fashion designer Christian Louboutin's claim to trademark red soled high-heel shoes. The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that Van Haren, a Dutch company that sold similar shoes, had infringed the trade mark. The court said...
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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Dr. Dre attends the WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at MoMA in New York. Dr. Dre has lost his trademark fight against Dr. Drai. The rapper objected to the trademark application of the Pennsylvania gynecologist whose nickname is spelled differently but sounds the same. Dr. Draion M. Burch's website advertises that he's an "obgyn and media personality." (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
May 10, 2018 - 12:52 pm
Dr. Dre has lost his trademark fight against Dr. Drai. Dre, the rap mogul and record producer whose real name is Andre Young, opposed the trademark application of Dr. Draion M. Burch, a Pittsburgh gynecologist who styles himself "America's OBGYN." Burch, whose website advertises that he's a sex...
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FILE- In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, Jessica Nowan, left and Caitlin Grandstaff, right, stand in line for the Salt Lake Comic Con at the Salt Palace Convention Center, in Salt Lake City. There is a court battle between rival pop-culture conventions in California and Utah who are battling over rights to use the phrase "comic con." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
December 08, 2017 - 9:21 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A jury on Friday sided with San Diego Comic-Con in a court battle with a rival pop-culture convention in Utah over rights to use the phrase "comic con." The panel decided that Salt Lake Comic Con used the trademarked phrase without permission, though they didn't do so willfully...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2017 file photo, the cast and filmmakers, from left, Benjamin Bratt, John Ratzenberger, Darla K. Anderson, Renee Victor, Herbert Siguenza, Lee Unkrich, Edward James Olmos, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Anthony Gonzalez, Alanna Ubach, Jaime Camil, Gael Garcia Bernal, Selene Luna, Blanca Araceli, Adrian Molina and Lombardo Boyar arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Coco" in Los Angeles. The film is one of the largest U.S. productions ever to feature an almost entirely Latino cast and is drawing large audiences among Latinos, offering a momentary relief to some anxious about uncertain immigration policies. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
November 29, 2017 - 4:44 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The day before Thanksgiving, a predominantly Latino audience packed an Albuquerque theater on Route 66 to catch the U.S. premiere of "Coco." In San Jose, California, multi-generational Latino families came together to see the movie. At the Vineland Drive-In outside of Los...
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November 07, 2017 - 12:14 pm
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Canadian brewery and a Vermont brewpub are locking horns in a trademark dispute over their moose-themed names and logos. The Rutland Herald reports that Saint John, New Brunswick-based Moosehead Breweries has filed an infringement lawsuit against Hop'n Moose Brewing Co. Hop'n...
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In this Dec. 10, 2015 photo provided by Henry Lackey a sign of the Route 66 Junkyard Brewery is seen in Grants, N.M. The brewery is facing a U.S. federal lawsuit from the Cyprus-based Lodestar Anstalt over claims the hangout is illegally using the iconic American highway in its name. According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, Lodestar owns the U.S. trademark for Route 66 beers in the country and the highway's "shield" that go on labels for beer. (Henry Lackey via AP)
November 01, 2017 - 1:26 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico brewery that uses the Route 66 in its name is facing a faces a lawsuit from a European company that says it owns the beer sales and marketing trademark for the famed American highway. Henry Lackey, the owner of the Route 66 Junkyard Brewery in the town of...
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