Trademarks and Brands

Trademark Suit Over Rights to Desilu Name

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 12 April, 2018

You might remember the name "Desilu" — the name given to the television production company founded by the then-married couple of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, stars of the iconic television series, 'I Love Lucy.' The company is credited with developing the linked multifilm camera setup that became the standard for filming television sitcoms. It produced classic TV sitcoms like That Girl, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Family Affair, and Hogan's Heroes.

After being sold in 1967 to Gulf & Western Industries, the parent company of Paramount Pictures, the company known as "Desilu" was dissolved and operated as Paramount Television. The complete Desilu library is now owned by CBS.

In a legal filing this week, Desilu Studios, Inc., operated by Charles Hensley, claims that Paramount filed trademark applications for 16 Desilu trademarks between 1997 and 2001 on an “intent-to-use basis” that were then "abandoned before being used in interstate commerce." Hensley had plans to relaunch Desilu Studios when, according to TMZ, he filed a trademark application in October 2016 for the name, which was approved by the USPTO in January 2018.

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Topics: trademark infringement

Alibaba Files Trademark Suit Against AlibabaCoin Cryptocurrency

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 5 April, 2018

This week, Chinese e-commerce company, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, sued a company called Alibabacoin for “prominent, repeated, and intentionally misleading” use of its trademarks in its effort to raise more than $3 million in cryptocurrency called "AlibabaCoins."

Alibaba accuses Alibabacoin, which is also known as ABBC Foundation, of operating an “unlawful scheme to misappropriate”Alibaba’s brand name. CoinDesk reports the complaint reads:

"Rather than build independent value in their brand and the products and services they offer, Defendants have engaged in a willful and concerted campaign to cause the public to believe falsely that Alibaba is the source of the Defendants' products and services, or that such products and services are endorsed or sponsored by, or otherwise associated or affiliated with, Alibaba." 

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Topics: trademark infringement

Trademark Dispute Brewing Between Barbershop Talk Shows

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 3 April, 2018

U.S. basketball star LeBron James' media channel, Uninterrupted, has sent a letter to the University of Alabama about what it claims is possible intellectual property infringement concerning a new web series called 'Shop Talk' that was featured in a trailer recently on the Alabama Football Twitter feed. It shows alumnus Julio Jones, Alabama football coach Nick Saban, and other Alabama football players talking in a barbershop called "Bama Cuts" that's located within the football team's athletic facility.

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Topics: trademark infringement, trademark

Icelandic Football Chant Subject of Trademark Dispute

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 30 March, 2018

When Icelandic football fans dressed as Vikings started chanting "Hú" at the European Championship finals in 2016, "hú" knew the chant would end up the subject of a trademark dispute?

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Topics: trademark infringement, trademark

Dairy Queen and W. B. Mason Spar Over Use of "Blizzard"

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 28 March, 2018

If you're a soft-serve ice cream aficionado, you probably know what a Blizzard is. US-based Dairy Queen starting using the name Blizzard in 1946 — and now serves the sweet treats upside down (we'll get to that later). Then there's W. B. Mason, an American office products company, that has been using the name Blizzard on printer paper and bottled water sold in its stores.

Dairy Queen recently sued W. B. Mason claiming that use of its Blizzard trademark constitutes "unfair competition and false designation of origin." Just days later, W. B. Mason filed suit asking a US federal court to declare that its use of Blizzard is not infringing on Dairy Queen's Blizzard trademark. The Boston Herald reports that attorneys for W. B. Mason wrote: "Indeed, no reasonable person would ever mistakenly believe that copy paper or spring water sold by W.B. Mason and emblazoned with the W.B. MASON mark and logo emanates from, or is associated with (Dairy Queen).” W. B. Mason goes on to claim that the two companies operate in "fundamentally different business lines."

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Topics: trademark infringement, trademark

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