December 20, 2013 9:57 AM | Posted by Olafson, Shane | Permalink

In most U.S. states, merely using a trademark confers trademark rights to the owner.  As such, many companies question why they should spend time and money registering their trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).  There are many reasons to register a mark, but one of the most important reasons was recently highlighted in a case from the First Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appellate court whose rulings cover Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Puerto Rico).  That case is Dorpan, S.L. v. Hotel Melia, Inc., 728 F.3d 55 (1st Cir. 2013).   

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January 28, 2011 4:03 PM | Posted by Bayton, Emily; Edwards, Nathaniel | Permalink

The National Football League (NFL) will play its 45th annual championship game, more commonly known as the SUPER BOWL, on Sunday, February 6, 2011. The game will pit the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The SUPER BOWL mark is protected by trademark law, as are the team names, and businesses planning promotions centered around the game should use the SUPER BOWL mark and/or team names cautiously.

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October 6, 2010 11:05 AM | Posted by Williams, Nikkya | Permalink
Hard Rock Café International (USA), Inc. (HRCI), the owner of the HARD ROCK trademarks, has sued the owners and operators of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (“HRH”) and the producers and distributors of the reality TV show “Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock” for trademark infringement, trademark dilution, breach of contract, unfair competition and a declaration that the licensing agreement under which the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino operates is terminated.
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May 17, 2010 11:51 AM | Posted by Edwards, Nathaniel | Permalink
Doctor’s Associates, Inc., the parent company of the Subway sandwich chain, recently applied for a federal trademark for FOOTLONG  for “restaurant services" ...  read more
March 23, 2010 10:43 AM | Posted by Norcross, Linda | Permalink

Worth an estimated $19 million, the trademark TAVERN ON THE GREEN has become the subject of a bitter feud between the City of New York’s municipal government, and the descendant’s of Warren LeRoy, the last restaurateur to operate the establishment until its doors were closed in December of 2009.  The City has owned the parcel of land situated on the southwestern edge of Central Park since 1934.  The land, initially housed a sheep barn, but was renovated that same year to accommodate a seasonal restaurant called Tavern on the Green, which was so named by then Parks Commissioner, Robert Moses.  The City continued to pay the bulk of the costs for subsequent renovations.

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