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Trademark Fact or Fiction – November Edition

13 November, 2019

Most entrepreneurs know that trademarking is an important first step in starting a business – but how much do you really know about trademarks in particular? To help protect the brand you’ve worked hard to establish, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of trademarks and trademark protection. Below, we’ve broken down some of the most common trademark misconceptions that every business owner should be aware of. Put your knowledge to the test!

Real-Life Copycat Lesson #21: Root Beer Startup and Energy Drink Conflict over Trademark

06 November, 2019

In 2016, a craft soda start-up, Thunder Beast, ended up in a trademark battle with Monster Energy Co., makers of the energy drink with the slogan, “unleash the beast”.

Real-Life Copycat Lesson #20: Musical Instrument Valve Oil Trademark Conflict

30 October, 2019

Al Cass Inc., founded by World War II veteran, inventor, and renowned musician Alfred “Al Cass” Cassinelli, has brought suit against an Indiana company that it claims is trying to steal its iconic brand for musical instrument valve oil.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #19: Construction Equipment Manufacturer and Local Coffee Shop Fight Over “Cat” Trademark

23 October, 2019

Californian coffee shop, Cat & Cloud, is one of a handful of small businesses with the word “Cat” in their name that construction equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar, has pursued for trademark infringement with respect to apparel.

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Trademark Fact or Fiction – October Edition

16 October, 2019

Most entrepreneurs know that trademarking is an important first step in starting a business – but how much do you really know about trademarks in particular? To help protect the brand you’ve worked hard to establish, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of trademarks and trademark protection. Below, we’ve broken down some of the most common trademark misconceptions that every business owner should be aware of. Put your knowledge to the test!

Real-Life Copycat Lesson #18: Drug Store Chain and Major League Baseball Team Share Similar Logo

09 October, 2019

Walgreens and the Washington Nationals have strikingly similar logos, so why hasn’t the pharmacy chain sued the Major League Baseball team for trademark infringement?

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #17: Famous New York City Museum and Tea Shop and Clash Over Similar Name

02 October, 2019

New York’s Museum of Modern Art, popularly referred to as the “MoMA,” raised a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Lower East Side tea shop and art gallery called Momacha. In the lawsuit, New York’s Museum of Modern Art accuses the tea shop-gallery combo of infringing on the museum’s trademark name and logo.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #16: Brewery Infringes on Trademark of Culinary Celebrity

25 September, 2019

Armistice Brewing of Richmond, California thought they had come up with the perfect name for their new beer, a pastry stout featuring 200 pounds of raspberry puree and two different kinds of single-origin cacao, and Madagascar vanilla. Even though it was intended as an homage, British food writer, Great British Bake Off judge, and TV host, Mary Berry, disagreed.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #15: Lumber Company and Medical Marijuana Dispensary Conflict Over Logo

18 September, 2019

Boise Cascade is an Idaho-based lumber company that makes and distributes wood building materials, with a distribution center and 135 employees in Westfield, MA. According to the lumber company, they have been using their “tree-in-a-circle” logo for more than 55 years. They’ve taken issue with New England Treatment Access (NETA), a recreational and medical marijuana dispensary with locations in Brookline and Northampton, MA, for using a similar tree in a circle logo to brand their business.

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Real-Life Copycat Lesson #14: Michigan Breweries Clash Over Similar Names

11 September, 2019

In 2018, Byron Station, LLC, a Michigan brewery, planned to open a brewpub under the name Railbird Taphouse and Brewery. Another Michigan brewery by the name of Railtown Brewing Co. notified the company that its planned brewery’s name infringed on their trademark.

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