December 2019

It’s not uncommon for our office to receive calls from restaurant owners, complaining that another restaurant in town is infringing its trademark. Frankly, pizza and cheesesteak establishments are just not that creative when it comes to choosing distinctive names.     One well-known dispute you may know about involved the Olivieri family members who sued each other over ownership of the PAT’S KING OF STEAKS trademark, a...

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Startups have an awful lot on their plate as they attempt to scale their business, so taking care of intellectual property issues may not be at the top of their agenda.  New research from Lehigh University suggests this might be a big mistake.  Indeed, they argue that the trademark portfolio held by a startup is actually an important factor in their eventual success. “We hypothesized that...

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LA Group – owner of South Africa's POLO clothing brand – has been dealt a blow by the High Court in a long-running legal battle between retailers. According to the judgment, over 40 registered trademarks in the group's name must be cancelled and expunged from the trademark register. LA Group will no longer hold these trademarks on the grounds that the word "polo" is "non-distinctive in...

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