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WHAT’S IN A NAME? KYLIE JENNER V. KYLIE MINOGUE TRADEMARK DISPUTE

From Cher and Madonna to Oprah and Beyoncé, many celebrities are known simply by their first names. The same is true of sports stars such as Yogi, Shaq, Pele and Nene. Often, such single-name personalities are also licensing powerhouses who have found success in trademarking their signature monikers.

U.S. Patent And Trademark Office Refuses “Redskins” Trademark Application As Disparaging

As reported by The Washington Post, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued an initial refusal of a trademark application to register “REDSKINS HOG RINDS” for “pork rinds.” The Trademark Examiner, in refusing registration, concluded that the term “REDSKINS” is disparaging. In support of this conclusion, the Trademark Examiner cited dictionary definitions referring to the word “REDSKINS” as “offensive s

Who Owns The Copyright In Your Tattoo?

Tattoos, however, provide a unique situation inasmuch as the medium of expression is another person’s skin, and courts have not thus far firmly established the nature of the tattoo recipient’s rights. Surely, the tattoo recipient cannot be expected to forever refrain from displaying the tattoo in photographs or on television. As one court recently noted, “[t]he norms of tattooing necessitate that some of these righ

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