The Las Vegas Trademark Attorney is a blog dedicated to exploring, discussing and sharing with the world the latest news and legal developments in trademark law. Ryan Gile, the author of this blog, is a trademark and intellectual property attorney with Welde & Miller, Ltd., a full-service intellectual property law firm that has earned Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer review rating.
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As an avid user of Tabasco® sauce, I relish any opportunity to write about my favorite hot sauce and its famous (although some would say infamous) trademark. I previously wrote about the controversial history of the Tabasco® trademark here.On November 4, 2008, McIlhenny Company (“McIlhenny”), the...
Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (“Anheuser-Busch”), the famed brewer of “Budweiser” beer, brought a lawsuit for trademark infringement, unfair competition, and trademark dilution against VIP Products LLC (“VIP”) over VIP’s beer bottle-shaped dog squeeze toy called “Buttwiper.”Anheuser-Busch sought a motion...
The New York Times ran on article yesterday (link here) on the growing importance of trademarks as an intellectual property asset in an e-commerce world. (HT: Marty Schwimmer’s Trademark Blog).As the article notes, patents have often been the “stars” of the IP world – with trademarks relegated to...
[Post by Mark Borghese]When a competitor makes an identical copy of your product, but sells the copy-cat product under a different brand name, do you have any recourse? What if your product and the competitor's product are so close they look as if they came from the same mold? Is that enough to...
Oh how many times there have been where I wanted to blog about some interesting trademark story or legal development . . . only to have client needs get in the way. So many blog posts started, and so few ever finished. But that doesn’t mean I still can’t post a long list of them here –...
People take their pets very seriously . . . and apparently the same is true with respect to their pet store trademarks. On January 13, 2012, Puparazzi Industries of America LLC (“PIA”) filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Arizona against Puparazzi...
American Express (“Amex”), the issuer of the ultra-exclusive “Centurion Card” credit card (which is black in color and thus better known among the public as the “Black Card” -- pictured above), won a victory in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Black Card, LLC...
Back in the good ole days of 2009-2010 when I actually had time to blog, I posted about three particular lawsuits filed in the District of Nevada – each of which had significant developments this week (all reported on by VegasInc’s Steve Green).Arrow Productions Ltd. v. V.C.X., Ltd. et al, Case No....
[Post by Mark Borghese]The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA") provides that a person is liable to a trademark owner when the person (1) registers a domain name, (2) in bad faith, (3) that at the time of registration was “identical or confusingly similar to” a distinctive...
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Minnesota[Post by Mark Borghese]As first reported by Steve Green, Mystic Lodge casino in Henderson ("Mystic Lodge") lost its trademark dispute with the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Minnesota ("Mystic Lake"). This case was first discussed on this blog here. In a July 25,...