Intellectual Property Attorney

Month: August 2015

Potential Dispute Brewing Between BMW and Google Regarding “ALPHABET” Trademark

As reported by The New York Times, Google recently announced “Alphabet” as the name of its new holding company that will own the Google search business and several smaller holdings. Apparently unbeknownst to Google, however, German automaker BMW uses the “ALPHABET” trademark, as well as the alphabet.com domain name, in relation to services that it provides to corporations with vehicle fleets.

CAPRI SUN®: A Case Study in Marketing and Trade Dress Registrations

Sold in over 100 countries, CAPRI SUN® brand fruit juice beverages are popular the world over. Since the mid-1980s, Deutsche SiSi-Werke Betriebs GmbH-the brand’s German-based parent company-has maintained a trade dress registration for the design of the brand’s well known flexible laminated pouches. (See U.S. Reg. No. 1418517).

Filmmaker Tries to Blow Out Candles on Warner’s Copyright Registration in “Happy Birthday to You”

Whether it’s our family gathered around the table sharing birthday cake, or Marylyn Monroe crooning to the President, “Happy Birthday to You” is engrained in our collective American experience. Generations of Americans have sung or heard this song-year after year-as we blew out candles and laughed with friends. Yet for something so much a part of everyday life, “Happy Birthday to You” comes with an unusual caveat: th

“TRUMP” THE BRAND AFFORDS DONALD TRUMP INSTANT RECOGNITION AMONGST AMERICAN VOTERS

He is riding high in the polls and was front and center in the first Republican Presidential Debate. Some consider him an arrogant blowhard, while others believe he is the “straight talker” that the country desperately needs. Perhaps no presidential candidate elicits such an extreme response to his or her very name. You may love him or hate him, but there is little doubt that you know him.