Adidas V. Puma: Another Three-stripe Lawsuit

By | DuetsBlog | February 23, 2017
We’ve written on several occasions (for example, here, here, and here) about the aggressive policing by Adidas of its well-known “three-stripe” mark for shoes, including attempts to enforce its mark against other two-stripe or four-stripe designs (with some success). Adidas is at it again, with a new lawsuit asserting trademark infringement based on Puma’s four-stripe design for a soccer cleat. View Full Post
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What’s in a Name? Registration Obtained for “Johnny Hockey”

By | DuetsBlog | January 11, 2017
Applying for a federal trademark registration for a name or nickname can be tricky business.  For example, the registration of a mark is prohibited if it is “primarily merely a surname,” meaning that the primary significance of the mark to the public is a surname (such as “Johnson”), unless there is a showing of acquired distinctiveness.  View Full Post
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