trademark

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

Citigroup Sues AT&T for Saying 'Thanks'

Citigroup trademarked the phrase 'ThankYou' in 2010

(Newser) - Better think twice next time you want to express gratitude. Reuters reports Citigroup filed a lawsuit Friday because AT&T is using the word "thanks." Citigroup has been using the phrase "ThankYou" in marketing for customer loyalty programs since 2004, and it trademarked the phrase in 2010.... More »

Minogue, Jenner Fight Over 'Kylie' Trademark

Jenner wants to trademark their shared first name, Minogue doesn't think so

(Newser) - Kylie Jenner wants to trademark her first name in the US—but a certain other famous Kylie isn't having it. KDB, an Australian firm representing Australian singer Kylie Minogue, officially opposed Jenner's trademark application last week, citing that such a move would dilute Minogue's brand and confuse... More »

Jeb Bush Fails to Secure Trademark on Jeb!

That means it's open season for selling Jeb! keychains

(Newser) - Jeb Bush has abandoned his trademark for "Jeb!," Mother Jones reports. Perhaps it was getting harder to muster the enthusiasm necessary for an exclamation point when your polling numbers suggest something closer to Jeb? or Jeb[ shrugging emoticon ]. According to the Washington Post , Bush is currently sitting... More »

Donald Trump Trademarked Famous NYC Landmark

He can put 'Central Park' on everything from coffee percolators to garbage cans

(Newser) - According to the AP , Donald Trump is the "single biggest private, for-profit holder of Central Park trademarks on specific goods." How specific? He holds the rights for putting "Central Park" on chandeliers, key chains, flashlights, tables, pencil boxes, coffee grinders, trash cans, filaments for electric lights, and... More »

Court: KitKat Can't Trademark Its 4 'Fingers'

Nestle's lost this round in long legal battle with Cadbury ... for now

(Newser) - It started with a candy wrapper and ended (for now) in a courtroom. Nestle's attempts to trademark the shape of its "four-fingered" KitKat have been rejected by the European Court of Justice, which ruled that shape alone isn't enough to recognize it as a KitKat, the BBC... More »

Stephen Hawking Applies to Trademark His Name

Could be a first step in setting up foundation

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking™? If the theoretical physicist has his way, then yes, because he's applied to trademark his name, CNBC reports, citing the Sunday Times . Hawking is so iconic, it's not uncommon to see his image on everything from T-shirts to mouse pads (alongside phrases like "The... More »

Woman Tries to Trademark 'I Can't Breathe' for Clothes

Eric Garner's dying words turn up in formal application

(Newser) - "I can't breathe" has become a rallying cry in the wake of the Eric Garner case , and now an Illinois woman wants the rights to that line for a clothing line, reports the Smoking Gun . Catherine Crump's application to the US Patent and Trademark Office says... More »

At Heart of Unusual Lawsuit: The Word 'How'

Chobani yogurt in trademark feud with business-ethics guru

(Newser) - A business-ethics expert is at war with a yogurt company, and the word "how" is at stake. Dov Seidman, a bestselling author who pushes for companies with a conscience, focuses his campaigns on "how" business is done; he's got a trademark on the word. Chobani yogurt is... More »

Redskins Lose Trademark Over 'Disparaging' Name

Plaintiff applauds 'victory for Native Americans and all Americans'

(Newser) - Under federal law, trademarks can't "disparage" individuals—and on those grounds, the US Patent and Trademark Office has withdrawn the Washington Redskins' trademark registration, the Washington Post reports. The office says the six trademarks that included the name "were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times... More »

Hershey Sues Pot Vendors: Stop Copying Us

No more 'Reefer's Peanut Butter Cups'?

(Newser) - Walk into a shop that sells legal marijuana, and you're likely to come across products such as "Reefer's Peanut Butter Cup" or "Mr. Dankbar." Get it? Hershey does, and it's not amused. The candy giant has sued marijuana cooperatives in Seattle and Colorado for... More »

China Phone-Maker Files 'Groufie' Trademark

Huawei uses term for panoramic pic with friends

(Newser) - Picture the celebrity group selfie that went viral during the Oscars and you've got a variation on the next big thing—or at least what a Chinese phone maker hopes is the next big thing. Smartphone maker Huawei has filed to trademark the term "groufie," meaning a... More »

At Heart of Brewery's Trademark Attempt: Nitrogen

Colorado's Left Hand Brewing wants to trademark the term 'nitro'

(Newser) - Yet another craft beer trademark case is making headlines: Colorado's Left Hand Brewing is attempting to trademark the term "nitro"—as in, nitrogen. The Longmont company is thus far the only US brewer to bottle with nitrogen as opposed to carbon dioxide, something it says it achieved... More »

Disney Tries to Trademark Mexican Tradition

Company pulls bid over 'Dia de los Muertos' after outcry

(Newser) - Disney isn't winning points for cultural sensitivity this month after trying to trademark the phrase "Dia de los Muertos," reports the Arizona Republic . The company is working on a film inspired by the centuries-old Mexican holiday, which translates to "Day of the Dead" and celebrates the... More »

Eatery Trademarks 'Breastaurant'

Bikinis Bar & Grill edges out others in the field

(Newser) - Hooters has long been casually referred to as a "breastaurant," but now a different eatery has gone and trademarked the term. "We're really excited about receiving this federal trademark," says the CEO of the Texas-based Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill chain. "It just further... More »

Ben & Jerry's Sues Maker of 'Ben & Cherry's' Pornos

Ice cream giant says it's smearing their reputation

(Newser) - Ben & Jerry's wants the porn industry to keep its Schweddy Balls away from its trademark. The beloved ice cream company is suing the makers of the "Ben & Cherry's" series of X-rated films, which includes such classics as, Boston Cream Thigh, Peanut Butter D-Cup, and New ... More »

18 Stars Who've Attempted to Trademark Catchphrases

Ryan Lochte is far from the first...

(Newser) - Ryan Lochte is trying to trademark his catchphrase, "Jeah!"—but he may have some problems, because TMZ reports that '90s rapper MC Eiht claims he's been using the word since 1988, and plans to send the Olympic swimmer a cease and desist letter. Maybe Lochte... More »

College Student Trademarks Gabby Douglas Nickname

He locks up 'Flying Squirrel' ... for now

(Newser) - While most Olympic fans were oohing and aahing over Gabby Douglas' gold-medal performance in gymnastics, a Fordham business student oohed, aahed, and then filed to trademark her "Flying Squirrel" nickname on August 6, reports TMZ . AJ Rotonde hopes to make a bundle selling T-shirts and the like—or selling... More »

Apple Settles $60M iPad Trademark Suit

Firm claimed rights to name in China

(Newser) - Apple is ending a Chinese trademark spat with a $60 million settlement. Apple bought the rights to the iPad name from Chinese firm Proview in 2009, the US company says—but Proview argues that it maintained rights to the name in China. As the dispute continued, Proview asked customs offices... More »

NCAA Star Anthony Davis Trademarks His Unibrow

Gets rights to 'Fear the Brow' slogan

(Newser) - Anthony Davis has more assets than just his basketball skills. Poised to be the NBA's No. 1 draft pick this week, the single-browed star is ready to go pro: He's already trademarked a pair of eyebrow-based slogans, "Fear the Brow" and "Raise the Brow." "... More »

Obama Campaign Sues Site for Selling Obama Gear

Lawsuit says 'Demstore.com' has violated trademark

(Newser) - President Obama's re-election campaign is suing a website that hawks T-shirts, bumper stickers and buttons with the campaign's signature "O" logo, claiming the store is infringing on its trademark. In a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Washington, the committee asks the court to stop Demstore.... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB