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Family Trademark Fight Over Earnhardt Name Gets Messy

Legendary driver's son is being challenged for using name in home collection

(Newser) - A messy legal battle over how the Earnhardt family name is used just got more complicated. According to Courthouse News , Kerry Earnhardt, the eldest child of racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., received a setback in court after his stepmother Teresa Earnhardt successfully challenged a trademark decision that allowed him to... More »

Mother Teresa's Famous Sari Is Now Trademarked

Her mission in India has the rights to the blue-bordered design

(Newser) - The nuns who belong to Mother Teresa's order were willing to forgive and forget groups taking advantage of their late matriarch's image. Their lawyer? Not so much. And that's why the Missionaries of Charity in India now owns the trademark to the saint's famous blue-bordered sari,... More »

Rock Band's Court Win Bodes Well for Redskins

Federal trademarks case was decided on Monday

(Newser) - An Asian-American rock band called the Slants found itself on the winning side of a Supreme Court case Monday. The justices ruled that a 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights. The ruling is a victory for the Slants, but the case was closely watched for the... More »

Gene Simmons Claims This Widely Used Hand Sign Is His

He's filed a trademark request

(Newser) - The "rock on" hand gesture is sported by everyone from teen girls to Spider-Man—but Gene Simmons claims it's all his. The KISS frontman filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office on Friday in an effort to trademark the sign, per the Hollywood Reporter . While... More »

After Ruling, Nestle Likely Muttering 'Gimme a Break'

UK appeals court rules against KitKat maker in attempt to trademark bar's shape

(Newser) - Nestle may find itself muttering "give me a break," but perhaps with an expletive tossed in at the end. The company on Wednesday lost its latest attempt to trademark its four-finger chocolate bar shape in the UK, in what has been a 7-year battle . The Guardian reports that... More »

Battle of Kylie vs. Kylie May Be Decided

Kylie Minogue widely reported as winner, but it's actually unclear

(Newser) - Kylie Minogue may have officially beaten Kylie Jenner. After Jenner applied to trademark her first name in April 2014, Minogue opposed the application due to the fact that she had been performing for years before Jenner was even born. (Minogue also got in some good slams on Jenner in her... More »

Run-DMC Sues Amazon and Walmart for $50M

Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels says retailers are infringing on their trademark

(Newser) - You know what they say about trademark law: It's tricky, tricky, tricky. Reuters reports Run-DMC founder Darryl "DMC" McDaniels filed a lawsuit Thursday in New York seeking at least $50 million from Amazon, Walmart, and a number of other retailers. The lawsuit accuses the retailers of infringing on... More »

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 »

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