IPNews® – Fashion bag designer Hermès, creator of the popular Birkin bag, has sued Mason Rothschild over an NFT he created named MetaBirkins.

NFT’s (Non-fungible tokens) are all the rage lately and this area of law is just beginning to develop.  NFT’s are often represented by digital artwork, photos, audio and even video. To continue reading, click: NFT Trademark Lawsuit Over Fashion Bags Heads To Federal Court

IPNews® – Social media influencers generally carve out a niche establishing thought leadership in their industries.  Once that happens, they can have massive sway over their followers’ purchase decisions.

A recent study from the United Kingdom, however, shows these influencers can play a big part in counterfeit sales as well.  To continue reading, click: Social Media Influencers Are Influencing Counterfeit Sales

IPNews® – On December 1st, 2021, Bytedance filed a TIKTOK trademark application for use in relation to cryptocurrency services.

While the social media giant might seem to have no relation to digital currencies, this move is not a complete surprise.  It seems the brand has been building toward this for some time. To continue reading, click: TikTok Seeks Trademark Registration For Cryptocurrency Services

IPNews® – On November 15th, 2021, Eminem’s trademark attorney filed a trademark opposition against a trademark application for ‘Slim Shady Politics.’

The notice of opposition claims that registration of the term ‘Slim Shady Politics’ would create trademark dilution and a likelihood of confusion.  The application is for “news and information in the field of national and international politics.”  To continue reading, click: Eminem’s Latest Battle Is A Trademark Dispute Over ‘SLIM SHADY’

IPNews® – On October 28th, 2021, Facebook filed a trademark application for ‘META’ as part of its rebranding.

Shortly after the announcement of the rebranding, though, an Arizona startup company claimed they already had rights to the meta trademark.  Meta PC is an LLC that filed a trademark application in August 2021, and its filing states they’ve used “Meta” in commerce since at least November 2020.  To continue reading, click: Startup Seeks $20 Million To Let Facebook Use ‘META’ Trademark

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