Corsearch Becomes Independent Company Following Closing of Sale to Audax Private Equity

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 5 January, 2018

Corsearch, a global trademark solutions leader, is pleased to announce the closing of its sale to Audax Private Equity, effective today. As previously reported, in October 2017, Audax Private Equity agreed to purchase Corsearch from Wolters Kluwer. Today’s closing represents the finalization of that transaction, resulting in a newly independent Corsearch company.

The move to an independent company provides Corsearch with many opportunities in an evolving industry. Corsearch will be using its new status to enrich the industry-leading offerings in trademark and domain solutions that it offers today, as well as to expand into new areas.

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Topics: Corsearch, brands, domains, trademark

Microsoft Sues IP Address for Piracy of Windows, Office, and More

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 4 January, 2018

Microsoft claims copyright and trademark infringement in a lawsuit against an IP address that it says illegally activates copies of Windows, Office, and other products without being licensed.

Microsoft's lawsuit names the defendants as "JOHN DOES 1-10 using IP address" According to GeekWire, the result of its WHOIS search of that IP address was a Comcast office located in New Jersey, which leaves it unclear about who really lies behind the "JOHN DOES" cited in the suit.

Court documents state: "Defendants activated and attempted to activate thousands of copies of Microsoft software, much of which was pirated and unlicensed." The lawsuit goes on to claim that Microsoft isn't the only entity hurt by these activities; consumers also suffer from "security risks associated with the use of pirated software."

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Topics: trademark, trademark infringement

Adding "Blockchain" to Company Names Prompts Stock Surges

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 3 January, 2018

The Long Island Iced Tea Corp. changed its name to Long Blockchain Corp. and guess what happened?

In pre-market trading, according to TechCrunch, its share price jumped as much as 500% before settling back down at 275%. Now the compay's worth about $92 million instead of its previous $23.8 million value. All of this prompted by adding "Blockchain" to its name.

Long Island Iced Tea isn't the first company to jump on the bitcoin craze. Bioptix, a biotech firm, also saw a recent jump in its stock price when it changed its name to Riot Blockchain. CNN Money reports that tobacco company Rich Cigars (now Intercontinental Technology, Inc.) and e-cigarette firm Vapetek's (now Nodechain, Inc.) stock prices shot up after announcing they were becoming blockchain companies. And, according to Payment Week, online retailer, after switching focus to its blockchain operations with the launch of tZERO, a trading system for cryptocurrency, also experienced big stock gains.

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Topics: branding, names

Circus to Kid Rock: There's Only One "Greatest Show on Earth"

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 28 December, 2017

The phrase "Greatest Show on Earth" has been used by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for a century. Although the circus' owner, Feld Entertainment, ended its iconic circus shows in New York last May, the company earned more than $50 million a year over the last five years for merchandise sold using the "Greatest Show on Earth" trademark.

Reuters reports the phrase has been licensed to several companies, including Chick-Fil-A and Metro PCS, "… but Kid Rock is not one of them," according to Feld Entertainment. Yet, singer Kid Rock's "Greatest Show on Earth" tour is scheduled to begin on December 31 and now he and Live Nation are facing a trademark infringement lawsuit from Feld Entertainment for unauthorized use of the circus' slogan.

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Topics: trademark, trademark infringement

Trademark Battle Over Prosciutto di Parma Comes to an End in Canada

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 27 December, 2017

After a two-decade long trademark dispute, Canadians will finally be able to buy Prosciutto di Parma in 2018.

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Topics: trademark, trademark infringement


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