Saturday, January 31, 2009

Settling a Trademark Dispute by Kicking the Lawyers Out

Ryan Gile (aka the Las Vegas Trademark Attorney), reports that the Monster Cable vs. Monster Mini Golf trademark dispute has apparently settled.

Best takeaway is in the comment posted by Monster Mini Golf:
"The turning point came when we were on a conference call with Noel and Kevin Lee, and lawyers from both sides, and we were getting absolutely nowhere with lawyers governing every move. About an hour into it, it got so annoying, that someone suggested kicking all the lawyers out, and we all agreed to give that a try. From there, the conversation flowed pretty smoothly, and we were able to speak freely and frankly with Noel and Kevin, and both sides got an understanding of each other's positions."
When are we lawyers going to realize that it's not all about us?

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Friday, January 30, 2009

American Idol comes to Austin (or at least their attorneys do)

FremantleMedia, owner of the TV show American Idol, has sued Austin's Palazio Men's Club, for their use of "Stripper Idol." A copy of the complaint can be found here.

The various media reports all seem to focus on the issue of likelihood of confusion (which doesn't strike me as very strong), yet ignoring the dilution by tarnishment claim (which seems like a slam dunk).

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Project Runway judge Michael Kors sued for infringement

The LA Times is reporting that designer Michael Kors has been sued for trademark infringement by the estate of artist/designer Tony Duquette.

As Project Runway Season 4 winner Christian might say, "Fierce!"

An Education on Trade Secret Protection from NBC's "THE OFFICE"

Who says prime time TV isn't educational.

THE ORIGINAL OUTDOOR trademark dispute

THE ORIGINAL OUTDOOR CLOTHING COMPANY (Woolrich, Inc.) is suing THE ORIGINAL OUTDOOR OUTFITTER (Eddie Bauer, Inc.). The Seattle Trademark Lawyer has the Complaint.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

He Can't Drive 55....

But Sammy Hagar knows the Lanham Act. Sammy Hagar's licensing company is suing over a Cabo Wabo Cantina restaurant franchise in Fresno California. Check out the Las Vegas Trademark Attorney's post. (hat tip to Tamera Bennett).

Now Here's the Disclaimer I Wish I Had Used...

Kudos to the Valerum Law Group!