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CANDY Crushes the Competition

In Trademarks by Stacey Kalamaras

CANDY is a Sweet Trademark In the past few weeks, the internet has been on fire with commentary from so-called experts and laypeople alike aghast at how King.com was able to get its trademark application for CANDY through the U.S. Trademark Office. Trademark Application That trademark application is currently pending at the Trademark Office, which means, the registration has not …

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License to Be Ill

In Copyrights by Stacey Kalamaras

GoldieBlox named Finalist in Super Bowl Contest Last week, enterprising startup toy company GoldieBlox, was named a finalist in Intuit’s Small Business competition which awards one small business with a professionally made, 30-second commercial which will air during this year’s Super Bowl, scheduled to take place at the New Jersey Meadowlands. The average cost of a 30-second spot during one …

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New Trademark Office ID Manual

In Trademarks by Stacey Kalamaras

New Trademark Office ID Manual Effective January 1, 2014, the U.S. Trademark Office has updated its Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual to reflect changes made to the Nice Classification, Tenth Edition, version 2014. These changes will affect all trademark applications filed in the U.S. For more information, please see U.S. Trademark Office or Contact us for further information.

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Advice for Pro Se Trademark Applicants

In Trademarks by Stacey Kalamaras

Pro Se Trademark Applicants – Proceed With Caution Recently, we reviewed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision that once again reinforced that far too many trademark applicants are filing and litigating their trademark cases pro se (without the advantage of having an experienced Trademark Attorney help them through the process). This particular case involved a dispute over the famous …

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Buying Counterfeit? Think Again!

In Counterfeit Goods, Trademarks by Stacey Kalamaras

Counterfeit industry the world’s largest Next time you consider downloading a bootlegged movie or buying a fake “Prado” wallet on Canal Street in New York City, consider that the counterfeit industry is estimated to be the world’s largest at $750 billion. Think downloading a bootleg DVD or buying a fake “Gucci” handbag doesn’t harm anyone? Think again! Millions of jobs …

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The Apple Falls Far From the Tree

In Trademarks by Stacey Kalamaras

Surnames and the Trademark Act Last week, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB” or “Board”) affirmed the Trademark Office’s refusal of registration for MOTT’S applied for “baby food” and “packaged combinations consisting primarily of fresh fruit, namely fresh fruit and fresh fruit packaged in combination with cheese, granola, yogurt, and/or caramels.”

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First to File Wins

In Trademarks by Stacey Kalamaras

YOUR BRAND IN CHINA: Translate, File Early, File Often Managing an international trademark portfolio can be overwhelming, even for the most sophisticated multi-national company. But, what about the small, start-up company? How does a small company or entrepreneur navigate the international trademark system, especially protecting your brand in China? In Asia, file your trademark through the Madrid Protocol as many …

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Copyright Infringement – Downward Dog

In Copyrights by Stacey Kalamaras

FAMOUS YOGI IN HOT WATER With a new year upon us and everyone making New Year’s resolutions, this month’s post is very timely. For those of you who embrace the ancient practice of yoga to help strengthen your body and relax your mind, have you ever wondered if your favorite yoga technique is covered by intellectual property law? The answer …

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Welcome

In Intellectual Property by Stacey Kalamaras

Welcome to our KLO LAWTANK Blog! Throughout these posting, we will do our best to educate you and provide our opinion on developing Intellectual Property Law news and give you a chance to sound off in the Comments section to tell us what you think or ask us a question. We’re here to help. Have a burning question about trademarks …