THE ZERO SUM GAME IN THE COLA WARS

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Author: Dennis S. Prahl | Category: , | Tags: , , , , ,

THE ZERO SUM GAME IN THE COLA WARS

In Royal Crown Company and Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc v The Coca-Cola Company, Opposition 91178927, each party opposed the other’s trademark applications containing the term ZERO for soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks. Although Coca-Cola was...

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INDIA’S NEW NATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS POLICY

On May 12, 2016 India published its National Intellectual Property Rights Policy (National IPR Policy) to raise awareness about the importance of IPR’s as a tool for financial and economic advancement. The mission of the National IPR Policy is to...

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Author: John Richards | Category: , , , | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The Effect of The Brexit (UK Departure from EU) on IP Rights

In a June 23, 2016 referendum, the combined electorates of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar voted in favor of leaving the European Union (EU). According to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), the United Kingdom will leave the EU two...

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CALIFORNIA DISTRICT COURT PUTS BABY IN A CORNER

In the United States, federal laws take precedence over state law and common law causes of action where there is an overlap. This lesson was recently learned again in Lions Gate Entertainment Inc v TD Ameritrade Services Co, where the Central...

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Authors: Dennis S. Prahl, Matthew D. Asbell | Co-Author: Dongfang “Maggie” Wang(王东芳) | Category: , | Tags: , ,

新形势下的域名管理策略

无论是在企业内部还是外部事务所,传统意义上的知识产权管理通常是指对商标、版权和专利的管理。然而,域名作为知识产权管理的一部分已经越来越受到企业的重视。如果企业的商标和...

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Author: Kevin Thompson | Category: , | Tags: , ,

DISPARAGING TRADEMARKS: THE SKIN-NY ON THE SLANTS

When a trademark disparages identifiable groups of persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act [1. 15 U.S.C. §1052(a).] bars its registration. This provision has been in the Act since it was written, but...

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