Registrations for Golden Knights Still Refused…Partially

By | DuetsBlog | August 10, 2017
Another update on my series of posts following the newest NHL expansion team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the difficult time they’re having prosecuting their trademark applications. The applicant Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC (I’ll call applicant “the team”) applied to register LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS and VEGAS GOLDEN NIGHTS in connection with “entertainment services, namely, professional ice hockey exhibitions” and various clothing goods (Application Nos. View Full Post
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PayPal V. Pandora: Is Music Streaming Related to Financial Services?

By | DuetsBlog | July 5, 2017
PayPal, one of the world’s largest online payment companies, has brought a trademark infringement suit against Pandora Media, Inc., the provider of an online music streaming service and application. PayPal alleges that its blue “PP” design mark (below, left) is infringed by Pandora’s recently re-designed blue “P” design mark (below, right). View Full Post
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The Covfefe Kerfuffle and the Rush to Register Trending Terms

By | DuetsBlog | June 22, 2017
While many of us are working our way through the flood of thought-provoking analysis of Matal v. Tam, I’m taking a break with some lighter fare, namely, covfefe. In case you missed it, the viral non-word “covfefe” was born out of a supposedly meaninglessly typo (perhaps a misspelling of “coverage”) in one of President Trump’s early morning tweets (alternatively, some suggest that covfefe has a secret meaning known only by a “small group” of officials–stay tuned!) Mere hours after President Trump’s tweet came the predictable flurry of opportunistic trademark applications.  View Full Post
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MLB: A Monopoly On “Baseball”?

By | DuetsBlog | May 11, 2017
The weather is finally getting warmer up here in Minnesota and it’s a great time to watch baseball, as I’ve been doing frequently of late. It’s been fun watching my home team, the Twins, enjoy a strong start to the season (anything above .500 is huge after our record-breaking disappointment last year), with our younger players making big improvements. View Full Post
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