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Expanded Trademark Rights for Some Hemp-Related Products and Services
May 15, 2019
Post by Lebron-Dykeman, Christine

Post By Christine Lebron-Dykeman Following up on the May 10, 2019, MVS Filewrapper post “Big Changes Ahead for Plant Variety Protection (PVP)”, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has also recently issued some guidance on how the 2018 Farm Bill affect trademark applications for cannabis and CBD products. Per the guidelines issued May 2, 2019, the USPTO will now approve some cannabi....... Read More


Can Starbucks Stop a Competitor from Using the Term “JEW BUCKS” After In re Slants?
September 24, 2018
Post by Lebron-Dykeman, Christine

Post By Christine Lebron-Dykeman In 2014, SwordPen Publishers LLC filed a trademark application for the mark JEW BUCKS SMART MONEY. RICH COFFEE. for use in connection with restaurant services featuring coffee and espresso drinks. At that time the United States Patent and Trademark Office took it upon itself to stop the registration of this mark under the now defunct “disparagement clause”. In an office act....... Read More


Have You “Got Milk”?
July 27, 2018
Post by Lebron-Dykeman, Christine

Post By Christine Lebron-Dykeman When you hear the term “Milk”, what comes to mind? Do you automatically think of cow’s milk (or perhaps sheep or goat milk) or do you have a broader definition in mind that covers almond, soy, cashew and other nuts, soybeans, or other plant sources? In 2013, a class action lawsuit was filed claiming that plant-based products labeled as milk are misleading to consumers as these ....... Read More


The Plant Naming Conundrum … Protecting Your Plant Varieties in the Short and Long Term
February 15, 2018
Post by Lebron-Dykeman, Christine

Post By Christine Lebron-Dykeman Development of a new plant cultivar or varietal often requires substantial research and development. These costs can be recovered, however, if a breeder is able to successfully market, sell and/or license the resulting product, while maintaining exclusive ownership rights therein.  There are, of course, a variety of intellectual property protection schemes available to....... Read More


Hashflags
December 01, 2017
Post by Lebron-Dykeman, Christine

“It’s all a Twitter” If you spend a lot of time on Twitter… and these days it seems like everyone does, you have probably noticed an increase in the use of customized emojis/images—known as hashflags. The hashflag is automatically inserted by Twitter whenever a certain hashtag (#) is used, i.e., #ShareaCoke. Twitter first launched hashflags in 2010, but soon realized this was a gre....... Read More


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