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Ivanka Still Racking Up the Chinese Trademarks

First daughter has been granted 13 in last 3 months; several more could follow

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump's brand continues to win foreign trademarks in China and the Philippines, adding to questions about conflicts of interest at the White House, the AP has found. On Sunday, China granted the first daughter's company final approval for its 13th trademark in the last three months. Over... More »

#CockyGate Has Romance Authors in a Tizzy

Battle rages over trademark on word 'cocky'

(Newser) - A strange fight is brewing in the world of romance novels over the word "cocky." Faleena Hopkins is the author of a 17-book series about the Cocker brothers, and all of those books have the word "cocky" in the title. Last month, Hopkins managed to trademark use... More »

Dr. Dre Loses Fight With Dr. Drai, an Actual Doctor

In trademark battle, gynecologist argued that no one was likely to confuse the two

(Newser) - In a case of Dre versus Drai, the US Patent and Trademark office has handed a win to ... Drai, thus ending a three-year dispute that pitted Dr. Dre (real name Andre Young) against Dr. Drai (real name Draion M. Burch). One, of course, is the rap mogul who discovered Snoop... More »

US Army Goes to War With Professional Hockey Team

It's upset over use of 'Golden Knights' by Las Vegas NHL team

(Newser) - The US Army has filed a challenge opposing the application of the NHL's newest franchise to register the trademark "Vegas Golden Knights," the AP reports. In a claim filed Wednesday with the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Army claims it will be damaged if the... More »

'That Should Be a Word That Any Canadian Can Use'

Inside the great Canadian doughnut war

(Newser) - And now for a very Canadian story about doughnuts, rodents, and an apology. BeaverTails has been selling oval-shaped doughnuts in eastern Canada for nearly 40 years. So when food blogger Julie Van Rosendaal posted a recipe for "Homemade Beaver Tails" last year, she made sure to give credit to... More »

Woof-Tang Clan Runs Into Predictable Legal Trouble

The RZA has sued a Brooklyn-based dog-walking company

(Newser) - Attention, all dog walkers: The Wu-Tang [trademark] ain't nothing to f*** with. The Guardian reports the RZA filed a lawsuit last Friday against the Woof-Tang Clan, a dog-walking company in Brooklyn. In his lawsuit, the Wu-Tang rapper and producer accuses the Woof-Tang Clan of violating his group's trademarks.... More »

Velcro Doesn't Want You to Say Velcro Anymore

'80s-style video seeks to protect trademark

(Newser) - Lots of pop songs have hooks. This one has loops, too. Velcro Cos. has released a music video with a message it hopes will stick as well as its products: "Don't Say Velcro." The video features actors portraying trademark attorneys, joined by a few actual lawyers in... More »

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 »

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