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US Patent and Trademark Office Launches Online Toolkit for Trademarks

        The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched an online toolkit to help individuals with basic information concerning trademarks.  The website is located here. The Trademark Toolkit includes a link to: General information about trademarks; How to respond to a Cease and Desist letter; What to do if an infringement […]

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ALS Association withdraws US Trademark Applications to Register “Ice Bucket Challenge”

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association (“ALS”) has withdrawn its US Trademark Applications that include the phrases “ice bucket challenge” and ALS ice bucket challenge.  The group posted to Facebook explaining its decision: We’ve received several messages regarding the trademark applications we filed. We filed for these trademarks in good faith as a measure to protect […]

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Ninth Circuit Determines That Plaintiffs Must Prove Likelihood of Irreparable Harm to Obtain a Preliminary Injunction in Trademark

On December 2, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Herb Reed Enterprises, LLC v. Florida Mgmt., Inc.; Larry Marshak (9th Cir. December 2, 2013). In this case,  Larry Marshak and his company Florida Entertainment Management, Inc. (Marshak) had appealed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction in […]

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Virginia Appellate Court reverses Summary Judgment Against Google for Key Word Advertising

In April 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided the keyword advertising case Rosetta Stone Ltd. v. Google Inc. 676 F.3d. 144 (4th Cir., April 9, 2012). The plaintiff-appellant, Rosetta Stone, appealed from a judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. In its opinion, the Fourth […]

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