IPNews® – UMBC races to trademark “UMBC Retrievers”, “Retriever Nation,” and “16 over 1” after the school’s big March Madness win that took the nation by surprise.

UMBC, a No. 16 seed, made history in the win over the Virginia Cavaliers since it was the first time ever that a No. 16 seed defeated a No. 1 seed.  Although the Retrievers were defeated on Sunday, the team is still giddy over the historic win.  To continue reading, click: UMBC Retrievers Seek Trademarks After March Madness Win

golf.jpgIPNews® – Nike recently filed a patent application for hi-tech golfing glasses with features that could soon make golfing glasses standard gear for golfers.

The glasses allow the user to seamlessly track game data such as the ball’s location, distance to the pin, your score, and more.  Along with tracking this data, the glasses will have an overlay view using a camera to help golfers plan their putts, warn of hazards around them, and capture recordings of their swing for improvement.  To continue reading, click: Nike Files Patent for Futuristic Golfing Glasses

football.jpgIPNews® – The Super Bowl win won’t be the Philadelphia Eagles’ last battle of the season. 

The team filed a trademark application for “Philly Special” for use in relation to apparel, but were beat to the punch by no less than 7 prior Philly Special trademark applications.  When the dust settles the Eagles will likely have to argue that they made the phrase famous and are thus the true owner of the trademark.  To continue reading, click: The Philadelphia Eagles Must Wait in Line for “Philly Special” Trademark

IPNews® – Stone Brewing has sued MillerCoors for the infringement on its trademark “Stone” as related to beer.

The word Stone has recently been the main focus of the Keystone beer rebranding for MillerCoors.  MillerCoors is fighting the lawsuit saying consumers have referred to Keystone as “Stone” since its debut which was before Stone Brewing was even founded.  To continue reading, click: Stone Brewing sues MillerCoors Over “Stone” Trademark

amazon.jpgIPNews® – Amazon has won two patents on a new wristband that tracks and collects data from employee movements.  

The stated goal of the wristbands is to free employees’ hands from handheld devices and to prevent errors.  However, employee groups are concerned about how the wristbands could be used.  To continue reading, click: Amazon Wristband Patent Allows it to Track Movements of Employees

cat-licking.jpgIPNews® – Internet sensation Grumpy Cat recently scored a court victory against Grenade Beverage for copyright infringement.

Grumpy Cat Limited had agreed to let Grenade Beverage use the cat’s image in relation to ‘Grumpuccino’ iced coffee.  Grumpy Cat Limited sued after Grenade infringed the cat’s rights by producing other products with Grumpy Cat’s image and failed to share profits.  To continue reading, click: Grumpy Cat Wins $710,001 Copyright Lawsuit Against Grenade Beverage

cosmetics.jpgIPNews® – The cosmetic company Hard Candy has decided to abandon its trademark application for the viral #MeToo hashtag.

The hashtag #MeToo has become the centerpiece of a social movement to bring attention to the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault.  Hard Candy made the move after continued negative publicity even though it had planned to donate its profits.  To continue reading, click: Hard Candy Cosmetics Abandons its Trademark for #MeToo

spotify.jpgIPNews® – In late December 2017, Wixen Music Publishing filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify.  

Wixen is alleging that Spotify failed to attain proper rights to stream music from artists including Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine, The Black Keys’, Weezer, Neil Young, and the Doors.  The lawsuit comes at a bad time for Spotify, as it is reportedly preparing to go public.  To continue reading, click: Spotify Faces $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit Regarding Music Licenses

football.jpgIPNews® – The NFL is being threatened with a trademark lawsuit by a company it has a history with called Barstool Sports.

Recently, the NFL began selling shirts that use the phrase “Sundays are for the Boys”.  Barstool Sports has taken issue with this, since it has long sold a shirt that contains the phrase “Saturdays are for the Boys”.   To continue reading, click: Barstool Sports threatens NFL with Trademark Lawsuit

Comic Con.jpgIPNews® – San Diego Comic-Con has won its trademark lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con over use of the words “Comic Con”.  

The Salt Lake version had argued that the Comic Con words were generic and thus free for all to use.  However, the court determinted that consumers were in fact likely to be confused as to sponsorship and affiliation between the events.   To continue reading, click: San Diego Comic-Con Wins Trademark Lawsuit Against Salt Lake Comic Con