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Federal Circuit Affirms Hybrid Athletics’ Trademark Win against Hylete

September, 3rd, 2019

In a precedential opinion issued August 1, 2019, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a likelihood of confusion determination previously secured by WHIPgroup for client Hybrid Athletics, LLC against competitor Hylete LLC. The appeal, [Read More…]

Why Registered Trademarks Matter on Amazon

August, 27th, 2019

By Robert D. Keeler Earlier this year, Amazon surpassed Walmart as the world’s largest retailer. Twenty-two years ago, Jeff Bezos attributed Amazon’s upcoming success to its strong branding: “There’s nothing about our model that can’t [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Files Complaint for Trademark Infringement and Cybersquatting

August, 12th, 2019

WHIPgroup filed a Complaint in the District Court of Connecticut on behalf of its client New Leaf Data Services, LLC for claims including trademark infringement and cybersquatting. The Defendant holds itself out as a marijuana [Read More…]

Ford Proves Design Patents are Built Tough

August, 1st, 2019

By Christopher J. Stankus and Jacob J. Alexander In a recent case, Ford showed that design patents are an effective way to prohibit third-party manufacturers from making “knock-off” replacement parts. In Automotive Body Parts Association [Read More…]

What If a Trademark Becomes a Verb

July, 23rd, 2019

By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr., Shuya Duan It becomes more and more popular for a consumer to use his or her favorite brand name as a verb in daily conversation. It is very common for [Read More…]

When the Statue of Liberty Meets Intellectual Property Law

July, 3rd, 2019

By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr. and Shuya Duan Imagine you want to use an image of the Statue of Liberty as your product’s label, could you register it through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Obtains Permanent Injunction for Vineyard Vines

July, 2nd, 2019

On June 28, 2019 WHIPgroup obtained a Judgment for Vineyard Vines that included both monetary damages and a permanent injunction against several serial counterfeiters. The Defendants in this case set up fraudulent websites that mimicked [Read More…]

WHIPgroup at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting in Boston

May, 30th, 2019

Last week six members of the WHIPgroup team attended the International Trademark Association conference in Boston. The annual conference is held in different locations each year and provides an opportunity to come together to learn [Read More…]

Patents and Trademarks Don’t Mix

May, 29th, 2019

By Wesley W. Whitmyer, Jr. The “IP” craze in naming law firms and professional associations blurs the lines between different types of intellectual property.  Patents and trademarks, in particular, are lumped together without regard to [Read More…]

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