The D.C. Bar Intellectual Property Law Section is sponsoring an event “The Trademark Office Speaks” next Wednesday, June 25th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at DLA Piper in Washington, DC (500 Eighth Street, NW Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station).
On Wednesday, April 24th, Eunice Chung from the DLA Piper’s Washington, DC Office attended the program, “TRADEMARK DAY: BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE USPTO,” co-hosted by the ABA-IPL and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) at the USPTO Campus in Alexandria, VA. The USPTO officials presented on various topics including the trademark examination process, electronic trademark application filings, USPTO website tools, USPTO’s operations, and U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) filings and procedures, among many other topics, and concluded with a live TTAB hearing. Some of the participants of this informative program included Commissioner for Trademarks, Deborah Cohn, and Chief Administrative Trademark Judge Gerard F. Rogers.
Media outlets have been buzzing over the purported denial of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s BLUE IVY CARTER trademark. On October 16, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) granted a federal registration to Veronica Morales, a Boston-based wedding planner, for the trademark BLUE IVY (U.S. Registration No. 4224833) covering event planning services. Morales, who claims use of the BLUE IVY trademark since 2009, obtained her federal registration before Beyonce and Jay-Z despite filing her federal application one month later. A number of reporters incorrectly state that Morales’ BLUE IVY registration has derailed any opportunity for Beyonce and Jay-Z to secure rights to, let alone a federal registration for, their BLUE IVY CARTER trademark. Of course, such an assertion demonstrates a clear misunderstanding of the highly specialized and nuanced area of trademark law.
A group of us from our DLA Piper IPT group around the world, including those from Hong Kong, San Diego and Washington, DC are in Beijing, China attending the United States-China Intellectual Property Adjudication
The fashion world may have received yet another stifling blow from the federal court’s decision in Christian Louboutin S.A. v. Yves Saint Laurent America,
The Internet and social media feed our seemingly insatiable appetite for round-the-clock celebrity news and gossip. In the process, they have radically transformed the playing field for celebrities, and wannabe celebrities, by making them more readily accessible
On March 17, 2010, President Obama signed S. 2968, Trademark Technical and Conforming Amendment Act of 2010, into law as Public Law 111-146. Included in the new law was the requirement for a study and