21
Dec/05

UK Trademark Office Says Fcuk That To Invalidation Action


IPKat reports that the mark FCUK (which of course stands for French Connection UK) has withstood an invalidation action brought on immorality grounds.



21
Dec/05

Barbie Story Disturbing For Various Reasons


Researchers Find Barbie Is Often Mutilated.’



21
Dec/05

Odd Story Regarding TRO Against Letterman


David Letterman enjoined from ‘thinking’ about a woman who believes Letterman speaks to her in code.



20
Dec/05

Gotta Catch Them All


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Nintendo, owner of the Pokemon property, has protested the use of the name POKEMON by scientist Pier Paolo Pandolfi (pictured above) to refer to the POK erythroid myeloid ontogenic gene in his Nature article “Role of the proto-oncogene Pokemon in cellular transformation and ARF repression.”



19
Dec/05

Evolution of the AT&T Logo


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Animation of the evolution of the AT&T logo, with music, here.



19
Dec/05

Katrina Blows, Bush Sucks, Examiner Rejects


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Go to the Trademark Search site and look up serial number 78706886 for the mark KATRINA BLOWS, BUSH SUCKS. Go to TDR and look at the office action rejecting the mark on ‘sandalous and disparaging’ grounds.
Coupla points:
1. How come this application got an office action after two weeks, when every other application waits seven months?
2. Note the usual interesting interplay between free speech and section 2(a).
3. Is ‘sucks’ that scandalous and disparaging these days?
4. The thought of the applicant getting the President’s consent is, uh, funny.
5. Note the last name of the examining attorney.
UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention by a reader who apparently has too much time on his hands that this same examiner has rejected the application LIAR LIAR BUSH ON FIRE. Shouldn’t she recuse herself?
Hat tip: JW.



19
Dec/05

Ferns Belong To All New Zealanders


and therefore the New Zealand Rugby Union cannot register it as a trademark. Via stuff.co.nz.



19
Dec/05

A Clean Well-Lighted Trademark Suit


Hemingway heirs protest North Carolina bar named Hemingway’s Downtown.



19
Dec/05

Hacking Santa


Via Slashdot, a hacker modifies a robot Santa.



16
Dec/05

Jones Day Lawyer Target Of Spoof Site, Wins Injunction


Jones Day lawyer targeted by cybersquatter, via NY Lawyer.