IPNews® – On October 7th, 2021, over 37 years after the release of the film Gremlins — and just weeks before Halloween — alleged misuse of the monster’s name has resulted in a trademark dispute before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

In a trademark opposition, Warner Bros. claims that a likelihood of confusion would occur if Tiny Gremlin LLC received a trademark registration for the Gremlins term. The filing additionally states that dilution by blurring would likely occur if the USPTO grants rights to the applicant. To continue reading, click: Just Weeks Before Halloween, The Gremlins Are In Trademark Court

IPNews® – On September 21st, 2021, The Boring Company (TBC) — an infrastructure firm founded by Elon Musk — filed a trademark opposition against a similarly named snack food company.

In the opposition notice, Musk’s The Boring Company claims that registration of “The Boring Snack Company” would create confusion among consumers. To continue reading, click: Elon Musk Has Landed In A Trademark Dispute Over Snacks Foods

IPNews® – On September 9, 2021, Dolly Parton received a trademark opposition against her trademark application for “Dolly” (Stylized).

In March 2020, Dolly Parton submitted the trademark application for her autograph of “Dolly” featuring a butterfly.  Thereafter, the Dolly Madison company submitted its trademark opposition. To continue reading, click: Dolly Parton Faces Trademark Dispute Over Using Her Own Name

IPNews® – On August 27, 2021, McDonald’s filed a trademark opposition against a trademark application for McFungi.

The McFungi company filed the trademark application based on intent to use the trademark in relation to games and apparel.   In its filing, the McDonalds states that registration of McFungi would create a likelihood of confusion among consumers.  To continue reading, click: McDonald’s Enters Trademark Dispute Over Use Of ‘MCFUNGI’

IPNews® – On August 12, 2021, Louis Poulsen A/S submitted a trademark opposition against Google for the trademark “Nest”.

The trademark cited in the opposition notice relates to the LP Nest brand — which filed for registration back in June 2010.  Louis Poulsen A/S provides a variety of lighting products for clients around the world.  To continue reading, click: Trademark Infringement Claims Could Derail Google Nest

IPNews® – On July 14, 2021, DC Comics, the creator of famous superheroes, submitted a trademark opposition against a trademark application for “Dark Night.”

The company that filed this application, Anji Mingsheng Furniture Co., Ltd., mentions a founding date of 2000 on their website and request registration for Dark Knight in association with armchairs and other furniture.   It’s no surprise that DC comics would strive to protect its intellectual property linked to the character even if the goods at issue is furniture. To continue reading, click: Batman Found A New Enemy: Furniture Trademark Registrations

 

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IPNews® – On June 29, 2021, the band Kiss submitted a trademark opposition against a trademark application for “Wicked Kiss.”

Just days after frontman Gene Simmons declared the band Kiss officially retired, the owner of the band’s intellectual property (IP) rights filed a trademark opposition against a small music group attempting to register the WICKED KISS trademark.  To continue reading, click: Rock Band Kiss Gets In Trademark Dispute With Cover Band

 

IPNews® – On June 8, 2021, the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson submitted a trademark opposition against a trademark application for “Purple Rain”.

Released in 1984, Purple Rain was Prince’s sixth studio album. Over 35 years after its release, though, a company is attempting to trademark the name for use on energy drinks. To continue reading, click: Purple Rain Trademark Opposition Has Prince Back In The Limelight

IPNews® – On May 20, 2021, the brand What Do You Meme, LLC filed a trademark opposition against Doing Things Media, LLC over their trademark application for ‘World War Meme.’

The opposition focuses on the use of the term MEME for “card games and trading cards for games.”  While What Do You Meme manufactures pop culture games, Doing Things Media creates advertisements that convincingly masquerade as memes. To continue reading, click: World War Meme: Trademark Fight Breaks Out Over Use Of “Meme”

jay-z-trademark-fightIPNews® – On May 12, 2021, a company representing Jay-Z – SC Branding LLC – filed a notice of opposition in the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to protect the Jay-Z trademark from what they claim is trademark infringement.

The trademark at issue is a logo featuring a butterfly and the letters “JZYZ.”  The filing details how well-known Jay-Z has become and cites prior use dating back to 1995. To continue reading, click: After Recent Filings, Jay-Z Is Ready For A Trademark Fight