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Fair Use of Your Competitor’s Trademarks

In my latest article for QuickRead, I discuss the fair use of trademarks.  Sometimes you need to use your competitors’ trademarks to sell your products or services. This is particularly true when you are selling, for example, replacement parts, and need to say that your replacements are compatible with the trademark owners’ products. It can […]

Nestle Ordered to Stop Using Incredible Trademark

Impossible Food wins Impossible trademark battle! The District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands ruled that Nestlé’s use of Incredible infringes upon the Impossible Foods trademark Impossible. The court said Nestlé was trying to deliberately confuse consumers.             Consumers would be confused by Impossible and Incredible. The Court decided […]

Machines are Taking Over? Can a machine get a patent?

Machines are Taking Over? Can a machine get a patent? Is it a sign of the times? Are machines taking over? Do you hear the theme music from 2001 A Space Odysey?  Man has been fighting machines since at least at early as John Henry challenged the steam powered rock drilling machine. Dabus (short for […]

Protecting Your Creative Content, thanks to Taylor Swift.

Originally published for Music Connection – Link to Original Article. 2020 could be a big year for Taylor Swift fans. It’s the year when the 10-time Grammy winner might completely re-record the first five albums in her best-selling catalogue. Last August, Swift told Good Morning America, “My contract says that starting November 2020 … I can record […]

“Sussex Royal” Trademark Update

Flash of Genius – Spontaneous thoughts from the IP Guy Harry and Meghan have announced they will not use the “Sussex Royal” trademark saga. (Click here for the related article, “Five Royal Trademark Lessons from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex”) In the United Kingdom, use of the word “Royal” is reserved for the royal […]