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Holly Jolly IP Holiday

The weather turned colder, houses glow with lights, and while we may not have all the presents under the tree yet, the holiday parties are in full swing. Idle party chatter of IP lawyers at Christmas time often turns to issues of holiday trademarks and copyrights, so we thought we'd…

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Flummoxed By Fame – Well-Known Marks & Flanax

The “well-known marks” doctrine (also known as the “famous marks” doctrine), protects a trademark in a country where it has never been used, so long as the mark enjoys fame and renown sufficient to cross borders. We previously discussed the well-known marks principle and the fact that U.S. courts disagree about its application in…

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2016 Virginia Legal Elite Awardee, Antigone Peyton
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2016 Virginia Legal Elite Awardee, Antigone Peyton

Well, it's official. Cloudigy's Antigone Peyton has been named to the Virginia Legal Elite list for her work in Intellectual Property. Antigone was selected by her professional peers to be included in Virginia Business magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite, which was published in the December issue, and has been named among Virginia's Legal Elite…

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Is That Hashtag A #Trademark?

Hastags - a pound sign followed by a word or series of words with no space between - are ubiquitous on social media. People use them to spark and continue conversation about various topics on social media platforms. But can they be trademarked? #Trademark Applications Increasingly, companies are seeking to protect hashtags as…

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Little Pet Shop, Big Right of Publicity Problem

When Hasbro introduced a hamster named “Harris Faulkner” to its “Littlest Pet Shop” line of animal character toys, it drew a multi-million dollar lawsuit from real-life television journalist Harris Faulkner. The complaint, filed in New Jersey, included claims for violation of the right of publicity under New Jersey common law…

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Dilution of Famous Trademarks

Part 1 of this series about famous marks discussed the well-known marks doctrine. This post discusses trademark dilution. Famous Brands and Dilution Owners of famous marks can prevent others from using marks that “dilute” the famous mark under federal law. See 15 U.S.C. § 1125(c). Prior to 1996, trademark owners relied on…

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