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    The B&B Hardware Case and its Potential Impact on Trademark Litigation

    Trademark disputes can often play out in a number of forums. Trademark disputes often start off in the marketplace, with a confused consumer, and then proceed to litigation in several tribunals including the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”), the federal District and Circuit courts, and sometimes foreign courts and other international tribunals. The question […]

    Katy Perry Hits Roadblock in Obtaining Trademark Registration for Left Shark

    Singer Katy Perry’s attempt to register the term “Left Shark”—the name of her dancing companion during the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show—with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has been delayed, while her application to register the Left Shark design has been denied. Perry, through her company Killer Queen, LLC, applied to register […]

    Protecting Your Trademark from “.sucks” and “.porn”

    Thousands of new generic top-level Internet domains (“gTLDs”) are opening up for registration. While many of these new gTLDs provide marketing opportunities for companies and other entities—for example, financial institutions soon will be able to purchase a “.bank” domain—some of these gTLDs open the door to brand tarnishment. Of major concern is the new “.sucks” […]

    “.school” Domains now Available

    The “.school” top-level Internet domain is currently available. Educational institutions with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their “.school” domain as soon as possible. The Sunrise period runs from March 24, 2015 to May 23, 2015. However, to register for a “.school” domain during the Sunrise Period, the […]

    Registration with ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse a Necessity for Securing a “.college” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

    The “.college” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to institutions of higher education (“IHEs”). IHEs with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their “.college” domain as soon as possible. The Sunrise period runs from March 17, 2015 to April 17, 2015. However, to register for a “.college” […]

    Securing a “.bank” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

    The “.bank” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to verified financial institutions, offering specialized URLs and enhanced security features to members of the banking community that act quickly to secure their trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse operated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”). Action is needed to ensure a financial […]