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  • trademarked name

    What’s in a name? To quote the bard, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In Hollywood land, however, a name can mean big bucks. Protecting a celebrity’s brand in this digital age has become increasingly important to those in the public eye. In fact, on January 22 Meryl Streep joined the […]

  • trademark infringement

    If you don’t follow what’s new on the catwalk, you might not initially link fashion with the concept of intellectual property. For big brands like Gucci, though, the link is obvious – especially when cheaper outlets try to copy their lucrative designs! But is it truly trademark infringement? Forever 21’s Complaint Against Gucci was No Match for […]

  • trademark cases

    Some of the trademark cases filed over the years have been successful. Some have not. And some are just plain bizarre. Here are a few of the most outrageous ones we’ve seen … The Rock Band KISS Tried to Trademark … What, Exactly? Last month, Gene Simmons of the seminal group KISS tried to trademark […]

  • copyright recipes

    It’s so easy to get a recipe online these days, isn’t it? Whether you’re looking for a new way to make guacamole or double-checking the grilling instructions for those pork steaks, all you have to do is check YouTube or Google. Well, it turns out that even cooking show giants like the Food Network do […]

  • The Slants take on SCOTUS, image of the band the slants

    Late last week the Supreme Court of the Unites States, or SCOTUS, granted certiorari in nine cases. For non-legal nerds, this means that the highest court in the nation has decided to review the decisions of the lowers courts in nine specific cases. Over the next few months SCOTUS will review the merits and rule on […]

  • Beer trademarks are heating up. Zachary Hiller Patent Attorney Houston, TX

    The craft brewing world is booming. According to the Brewers Association, craft breweries in the US have seen a double digit growth pattern for almost a decade. It seems that there are two things that craft brewers really like: a quality brew and some really funny puns. The craft beer field is full of punny […]

  • Zachary Hiller Law Losing A Trademark

    Last week we discussed Twitter and Trademarks, and the need to register names, phrases and symbols for your brand. We mentioned that Twitter was in the process of registering several words, ancillary to the brand. Registering allows them to control the use of these word in commercial settings. Simply registering a trademark isn’t enough. If […]

  • Twitter and Trademark, Subtweet Zachary Hiller Law Houston TX

    Big news in tech and trademarks, two categories near and dear to my heart. Twitter just recently filed to trademark the term “subtweet.” For those of you who don’t follow the social media platform, a subtweet is a post in which you talk about someone without tagging their Twitter handle directly. It is the micro-blogging […]

  • Zachary Hiller Law A Tale Of Two Logos Blog

    It was the best of design, it was the worst of design… but what was it all worth? Forgive me for being a bit of a branding nerd, but I find the back stories behind the world’s most recognizable logos fascinating. That’s because a logo, when done correctly, can impact brand awareness and status. They […]

  • Zachary Hiller Law Would a Rose Trademarked by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?

    Have you ever walked through the drug store and noticed a litany of inexpensive fragrances? Many of them purport to be just like the designer fragrances that they modeled their scent from. “If you like Giorgio you will LOVE Primo!” or “Fly with Me” instead of Calvin Klein’s Escape. Have you ever wondered how they […]

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