Pobre Mambacita

by Khadija Dukes Prior to the untimely death of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his beloved daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, Bryant filed a trademark application for Gigi’s nickname, “Mambacita” – a play on her...

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Mr. and Mrs. Independent: Harry and Meghan File Trademark Applications for Multiple Marks

by Khadija Dukes Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in the news once again, and this time it’s not for shirking their royal duties. The happy couple will continue to do their good work, even if it’s not at the royal kingdom, by...

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How Strong is Your Logo and Do You Even Have the Rights to Protect It?

Many business owners have logos that represent their brand. And the majority of them didn’t create the logos themselves. Chances are, you hired a graphic designer to create your logo based on some idea you verbalized to them about what you...

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She Can Stop: Miley Cyrus Settles $300 Million “We Can’t Stop” Claim

by Khadija Dukes Just as her ex-lover, Liam Hemsworth, is slapped with a copyright infringement suit, Miley Cyrus settles hers for $300 million, according to Reuters.com. Cyrus’ popular yet controversial hit, “We Can’t...

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Trademarks for the Everyday Entrepreneur

New Year, New Beginnings, right? Right. This is always the time of year where everyone is so focused on bettering themselves and their businesses, but so many of you fail to take one of the most important steps in business ownership, which is...

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It’s Not so Romantic: Liam Hemsworth Sued for Copyright Infringement

After starring in the film, Isn’t It Romantic, in early 2019, actor Liam Hemsworth sought to promote the movie by posting a production photo to his personal Instagram page. However, the actor did not seek or attain approval to use the...

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Disney Won’t be Able to Let this one Go: Frozen 2 Trademark Dispute

Disney is in the headlines once again, and not because of Baby Yoda. The highly anticipated sequel to Frozen 2 was met with high box office sales– almost doubling that of its predecessor. However, much like Frozen, the sequel has coined a...

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Photo sharing website Pinterest Accused of Copyright Infringement

by Khadija Dukes Everyone’s favorite recipe and vision board website, Pinterest, is facing challenges regarding accusations of copyright infringement, according to Bloomberglaw.com. The social media company is being sued for encouraging...

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What’s in a Meme

Seems like people all over are just flocking to the trademark office these days, just as soon as any phrase pops off. Someone, somewhere claims they made the phrase poppin’ and now they don’t want anyone else to use it without paying...

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California Enacts Fair Pay to Play Act

courtesy of NY Times College athletes in the state of California are #winning with the passage of the Fair Pay to Play Act. This law needs to be adopted nationwide. Colleges and the NCAA have been profiting for over a hundred years from their...

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October Celebrity Trademark Review

Looks like Kanye, Kawhi, and Kylie have all been getting familiar with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the process of obtaining trademarks. Let’s take a look: Kawhi Leonard, who ran into some trademark issues with...

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