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Gene Simmons’ Gesture of Love…or Devil Horns. Can’t tell…

June, 23rd, 2017

By Christina L. Winsor Gene Simmons a/k/a “the Demon” and famous rocker of the band KISS filed a US Federal trademark application, Serial No. 87482739, on June 9, 2017 for “his” devil horns hand gesture [Read More…]

While Fame Is All-Or-Nothing For Some And Relative For Others, This Is Not To Be Confused At The TTAB

June, 7th, 2017

By Michael J. Kosma In Joseph Phelps Vineyards, LLC v. Fairmont Holdings, LLC, [2016-1089] (May 24, 2017), the Federal Circuit was “perplexed” by the TTAB’s finding that Phelp’s INSIGNIA wine has no “fame,” giving no [Read More…]

Recent Supreme Court Decision Enhances Fashion Design IP Rights

April, 13th, 2017

By Chelsea A. Russell Protecting fashion designs through intellectual property rights has always been an important aim of the fashion industry. When you think of knockoffs your mind immediately drawn to handbags, designer imitations, and [Read More…]

Amazon Announces Anti-Counterfeiting Efforts

April, 3rd, 2017

Amazon has announced an intention to offer brand registry in North America to combat the high volume of sellers of counterfeit goods on its marketplace platform. Under the proposed program, brand owners may register their [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Wins Trademark Opposition Trial

March, 29th, 2017

In a rare full trial proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, WHIPgroup prevailed in a trademark opposition on behalf of its client Hybrid Athletics, LLC. During its trial period, Hybrid offered an abundance [Read More…]

Trademark Office Enacts New Audit Program for Declarations of Trademark Use

March, 28th, 2017

By Walter B. Welsh Effective March 21, 2017, the USPTO is auditing declarations and affidavits of trademark use submitted under sections 8 and 71 (“declarations”). The program comes in response to a pilot study that [Read More…]

Can’t You Smell That Smell

March, 21st, 2017

By Christina L. Winsor Can a nostalgic childhood scent be a trademark? Hasbro, Inc. certainly seems to think so. On February 14, 2017, the multinational toy and board game company filed a US trademark application [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Supports TechXel Stamford

February, 7th, 2017

WHIPgroup’s February 8 presentation to entrepreneurs at TechXel Stamford’s Venture Expert Series to focus on patents and trademarks for local startups. See Eventbrite announcement.

Whitmyer IP Group Files Trademark Infringement Lawsuit in District of Massachusetts

February, 6th, 2017

On February 6, 2017, WHIPgroup attorneys filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Microline Surgical, Inc. (“Microline”) on behalf of Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. (“Karl Storz”). Karl Storz is an industry leader in the creation, manufacture [Read More…]

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