First to File? First to Use? It’s Not the Same Everywhere! Thoughts on Trademark Strategy for Global Companies:

Trademarks are our jam at OG+S. This post is a short one about trademark strategy and what to think about if your brand has a global reach. First to Use: In the United States, we have a “first to use” system when it comes to trademarks. What that means is that the Company who uses … Read more

The Licensing Lion

We have written in the past about the control that a copyright owner has over the subject of his or her copyright. However, it seems some people aren’t paying attention to the message that they can’t simply use (and especially charge money for) other people’s works without permission. In this case linked to above, there … Read more

Badge for Simplicity

Last night, I had the great honor of talking with a Girl Scout troop about intellectual property so they could earn their intellectual property patch. After all, the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low was a patent holder (make her trash can liner). We had to cover what patents, copyrights, trade marks and trade … Read more

Stand for Something…or Fall for My Perfume

Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Global Consumer Conference, Unilever’s CEO Alan Jope said: “We believe the evidence is clear and compelling that brands with purpose grow. In fact, we believe this so strongly that we are prepared to commit that in the future, every Unilever brand will be a brand with purpose.”  That seems to … Read more

Permission to Come Aboard

Lots of events have sponsors. Sometimes to be a sponsor, a company or individual pays a fee or provides in kind services. In return, the event or organization tells their audience who is supporting them in the endeavor. Sometimes, it is hard to tell when an entity is being supported by another. This always becomes … Read more

FUCT Marks are Allowed

According to statue, someone could not register a trademark if it “[c]onsists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter; or matter which may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute; or a geographical indication which, when used on or in connection … Read more

The End of an Era: Sega of America, Inc. v. Fox Interactive (aka Crazy Taxi vs. Simpsons Road Rage)

Happy Tax Day everyone! (I’m writing this on Monday!) Also, happy Crazy Taxi patent expiration day! If you’re a millennial like me, you’re probably familiar with the Sega arcade game, “Crazy Taxi.” (arcade release in 1999) And…if you were suffering through high school a few years later, I bet you know of that classic Crazy … Read more

Is This Something?

Much like Letterman used to ask, “Is this anything?“,  clients often ask “Is this a trademark?” The answer to that depends on the answers to the following questions: Is whatever it is connected to the good or service being sold?  Will the customer see your product and the proposed mark together at the time they … Read more

Sorry For Partying

Last week was a bit of a let down, wasn’t it?  Here’s all of these interesting facts, and then thbbt! No resolution.  This week is better.  This one also involves the manipulation of a photograph but with a lot more humor. This time, Sconnie Nation, a t-shirt company, used a photo taken by Michael Kienitz … Read more

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