New York’s “Landmarc” Restaurant Sues Forthcoming “Landmark” Restaurant

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 13 March, 2017

Could this be a “landmark” trademark infringement case?

Well, Eater called the opening of Landmark (short for the Landmark Rooms), multiple restaurants in development in New York City’s former Four Seasons Hotel space “arguably the biggest restaurant NYC opening of the decade.”

Just slightly over a mile away, in the Time Warner Center, sits Marc Murphy’s restaurant, Landmarc, which also has a downtown location. According to the New York Post, Murphy is suing Landmark’s owners, the Major Food Group, for trademark infringement over the restaurant’s “confusingly similar” name.

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Topics: trademark

Play-Doh Files US Trademark Application for Its Scent

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 10 March, 2017

Play-Doh, that colorful and uniquely fragrant modeling clay, is making a comeback in the United States, announcing that it will soon start producing product in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, after being absent from US manufacturing since 2004. It will be made in the same Cartamundi NV factory that produces Monopoly, Game of Life, Candy Land, Risk, and Clue for Hasbro.

Coinciding with the company’s manufacturing return to the US, the USPTO received a trademark application for the “non-visual Play-Doh scent mark.” Yes, that distinct smell of Play-Doh. You’d recognize it from when you were a kid, right? The company describes it as a “unique scent formed through the combination of a sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough.”

Scent trademarks aren’t very common, but the USPTO recognizes several (MentalFloss has a list, of course), including the strawberry scent of toothbrushes made by Lactona and Verizon’s signature “flowery musk scent” used in its retail stores.

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Topics: trademark

“Drunk TED Talks” Gets Cease-and-Desist from TED Talks

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 9 March, 2017

Many of you have probably heard of TED Talks (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design). Operating under the slogan “ideas worth spreading,” TED is a non-profit organization that started as a conference and then expanded into talks on science, culture, and academic topics. Some of the most popular TED Talks are “Why We Do What We Do” by Tony Robbins, “How to Spot a Liar” by Pamela Meyer, and “How I Held My Breath for 17 Minutes” by David Blaine.

Then along came Drunk TED Talks, a series of performances held in Brooklyn, New York, that are described on its Facebook page as “The world's premiere source of drunk knowledge since 2013. Be funny, be weird, be smart.” Some of the Drunk TED Talks (described by Jezebel as “overwrought presentations on underwrought topics”) have been called “Extremely Hot and Incredibly Sad: How the Triangle Shirtwaist Disaster Fanned the Flames of the Workers’ Rights Movement” and “Quit Playing Grocery Games With My Heart: The Passion of Guy Fieri.” We should note that the “About” section on its Facebook page contains this: “(Not affiliated with TED, thankfully.)”

Last Friday, an attorney for TED Talks sent the producer and host of Drunk TED Talks, Eric Thurm, a note that read: “You’re drunk; please stop texting our friends.” The letter went on to warn that Drunk TED Talks’ “continued use of its trademarks and trade dress may cause the public to inaccurately assume that your events are connected to, associated with, or affiliated with TED and its well-known services relating to educational conferences, workshops, and seminars.”

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Topics: trademark

Japan Now Granting Trademarks for Colors

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 7 March, 2017

Who can read about trademarks involving colors without thinking of the long trademark case involving the famous red-soled shoes of Christian Louboutin?

Well, now you can add Japan to the list of countries granting trademarks for colors that are commonly associated with goods and services.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced on March 1 that it approved two color trademarks: one for the blue-white-black package colors of Mono erasers and another for the gold-green-red colors of 7-Eleven. Prior to the announcement, color was considered only one aspect of a logo or word mark and therefore, not able to be trademarked on its own.

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Topics: trademark

Corsearch New gTLD Update: .OBSERVER AND .REALTY

by Kate Reid on Friday, 3 March, 2017

This week’s update features news about .OBSERVER and .REALTY.

.OBSERVER and .REALTY
The launch schedules for the new semi-restricted TLDs .OBSERVER and .REALTY were announced by affiliated registry operators Top Level Spectrum, Inc. and Fegistry, LLC as follows, with the TLDs having near-identical requirements.

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Topics: nGTLDs, domains

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