September 5, 2012, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals came to a decision regarding one of the most closely watched cases in trademark law, Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent. The Court of Appeals reversed the lower court decision which stated that a... read more
Although college football is officially on hiatus until next season, the NFL is still generating controversy on the gridiron—this time in the world of trademark law. The issue arises from the Denver Broncos’ use of Texas A&M’s “12th Man” trademark during their playoff game against the Steelers... read more
Looks like Netflix is having "the best month ever."  Not only are they at risk of losing over 1 million customers in the wake of their decision to split their streaming and DVD-by-mail services into two companies--Netflix for streaming and Qwikster for DVDs--but now Netflix has the privilege... read more
This is an old video from RocketBoom – but I really have been drawn back to it the last couple of days (probably because it was rerun).  It is a cool product and the issues it raises about the interaction between branding, packaging and art really made me stop and think. My favorite quote is... read more
The “Taco Tuesday” battle exploded on Twitter, blogs, NewsOK, Fox 25 News, and even Facebook.  Taco John’s owns U.S. Trademark Registration No. 1,572,589 for the mark TACO TUESDAY (seen below).  It appears that Taco John’s attorneys sent the Oklahoma City based Iguana Mexican Grill a... read more
Such a sad story.  An independent developer and mom of two was unhappy with the features of the free Facebook client and tried to make a positive difference by creating the “Facebook Ultimate” app.  Unfortunately, the developer incorporated the term Facebook... read more
Google takes the prize for one of the best April Fools’ Day pranks of 2010.  If you haven’t heard, be sure to visit before the days end.  Also, check out The Official Google Blog for more information about their “new” company name, Topeka.  The... read more
The Ignite phenomenon is bubbling up throughout the world and it is happening within the state of Oklahoma as well (yes, even Oklahoma!) Last week was the first Ignite Tulsaevent and our own Emily Campbell dove into the fray with a talk entitled “How Not to be Waldo: Brands that Stand Out in a... read more
It’s been awhile since I’ve provided commentary on the blog but after attending a local marketing presentation, I just had to share my two cents about the event.  “Hey Emily!  What are you up to next Tuesday?  Let me tell you – I just signed you up to attend... read more
Consumerist posted this chart and, like them, I find it fascinating regarding the notion of branding and trademarks. The evolution of the Pepsi logo over time doesn't strike me as coming from a place of strength - whereas the Coca-Cola logo appears to be timeless. The red scripted colors cause an... read more
Considering how complex intellectual property law can be, it is understandable that many people – including authors, journalists, biz and tech bloggers, tweeple, etc. – confuse the terms and oftentimes speak/write of “patenting a book” or “copywriting a new gadget”.  I also receive a large number... read more
For a fun way to kill a few minutes, check out this Company Logo Quiz on  How strong is your trademark awareness?  read more
Check out this statement from an article that I read today:    Now, as if you needed more proof that we live in a time in which stuffy lawyers don't dig the digital age, take a look at this: It looks like toy-makers Hasbro and Mattel have sent their legal goons to Facebook and... read more
I probably should have left the IP poem writing to Laura and Michael but I decided to take a stab at it.  Here goes…   A trademark can be a color,Like John Deere® green, it can’t be confused with any other. A trademark can be a logo,Like the Nike® swoosh, you’ll... read more
Over the Memorial Day weekend my husband and I went to Austin, Texas to visit his family and low and behold while we were there visions of intellectual property danced in my head.  Other than being the home of the University of Texas Longhorns (a huge rival of my alma matter, the University... read more