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Distillations: Glass Half Full

USA - October 18 2017 Here at the Distillations Desk we've talked about trademark disputes over the shapes of bottles, but now comes a case about the shapes of glasses. On...


Distillations: Trapped

USA - September 15 2017 A recently-filed trademark infringement case out of California offers something of a cautionary tale on one of the oldest maxims of law and business:...


Distillations: The Gin Game, Southern Style

USA - August 2 2017 Federal trademark law bars the registration of marks that are merely descriptive of the goods - that is, if it simply describes an ingredient, quality...


Distillations: The Slants Case, Distilled

USA - July 31 2017 Oceans of ink and zillions of electrons have been spilled commenting on the Supreme Court's recent decision in Matal v. Tam, in which the Court held...


Distillations: Redemption Song, or, Number One with a Bulleit

USA - June 21 2017 A trademark can be more than just a word, of course. The Lanham Act's definition of a trademark "includes any word, name, symbol, or device, or any...