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Founder of L.A. Guns Band and Ex-Drummer Face-Off Over Rights to L.A. GUNS Trademark

USA - January 14 2020 Tracii Guns, the founding member of and lead guitarist for the hard rock band L.A. Guns, filed a lawsuit in California accusing ex-member Stephen...

Ongoing Trademark Dispute Between Brewery and Winery May Boil Down to Priority

USA - January 9 2020 As the numbers of breweries, wineries, and distilleries have grown over the last few years, so have the number of clashes between the brands that...

It’s not a Zoo: Why Live Goats and Marching Ducks can be Federal Trademarks

USA - December 11 2019 Yesterday, I reported on a failed petition to cancel a U.S. trademark registration for “goats on a roof of grass.” Today, I’ll discuss why...

Pigs may not be flying, but the Federal Circuit denies petition to cancel trade dress registration for goats on a roof

USA - December 10 2019 On Monday, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board refusing to cancel Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and...

Beware! California Wine Company Alleges that Applebee's VAMPIRE Cocktail is Trademark Infringement

USA - October 30 2019 On Sunday, just a few days before Halloween, Vampire Family Brands, LLC complained to a California federal court that Applebee’s Halloween-themed...