Ugandan activist Bobi Wine defies ban on trademark red beret
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Ugandan pop star and opposition figure whose trademark red beret has been banned by the government is urging supporters to defy the order that he calls a...
Under Armour trademark dispute puts start-up plans on hold
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Retail giant Under Armour has sued a family business in a trademark dispute over its name Cascade Armory, officials said.
Ohio State denied request to trademark ‘The’ for merchandise
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has lost its fight to trademark the word "The."
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office turned down the university's request to trademark "The" when...
Counterfeit NBA championship rings seized at LA airport
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-eight counterfeit NBA championship rings have been seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport.
Starbucks clashes with small Alaska company over trademark
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small Alaska apparel company is clashing with Starbucks over a trademark term the Seattle-based coffee giant says is too closely linked to its own...
Patent office sacks Brady’s bid for ‘Tom Terrific’ trademark
BOSTON (AP) — It's settled: Tom Seaver is "Tom Terrific," not Tom Brady.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Brady's application to take control of the nickname on Thursday, ruling...
US patent office sacks Brady’s ‘Tom Terrific’ application
BOSTON (AP) — Tom Brady has been sacked by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The Boston Globe reports that on Thursday the office informed lawyers for Brady's company, TEB Capital...
NWHL reaches agreement to resume use of Beauts’ trademarks
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The National Women's Hockey League has reached an "amicable agreement" to resume using the Buffalo Beauts' logos and trademarked materials in resolving its lawsuit with the...
Texas restaurant with famous men named George changes mural
WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas restaurant called George's that features a mural honoring famous men with the same name has been changed to avoid a trademark dispute.
Rutgers University asks Louisiana high school to change logo
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's flagship university has asked a high school in Louisiana to change its logo because it's identical to the block "R'' that Rutgers has...
Ohio State University seeks to trademark the word ‘The’
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University wants to trademark the word "The" when used as part of the school's name on university merchandise.
Company stirs debate with defense of Taco Tuesday trademark
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — "Taco Tuesday" may be a well-known term for a themed dinner night out or at home, but as restaurants across the U.S. have learned, it's also trademarked.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A landmark beach bar on the Florida-Alabama state line is suing MTV's popular "Floribama Shore" show for trademark infringement.
Chapel Hill pastor arrested; fake Cartier jewelry seized
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina pastor has been arrested after authorities say they found more than 3,000 fake Cartier bracelets in a Chapel Hill church.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Canadian animation studio and media company is suing an Oklahoma medical cannabis dispensary chain accusing it of infringing copyright by using a logo long-established in...
BRIMLEY, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan men are in conflict over recently discovered glowing rocks in the Upper Peninsula.
Erik Rintamaki is credited with finding the sodalite-rich syenite rocks...
Japan official to Kardashian West: Kimono belongs to Japan
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade minister says the kimono belongs to Japan — not to Kim Kardashian West's shapewear brand.
West announced the line, Kimono Solutionwear, last week. But some...
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High court strikes down ‘scandalous’ part of trademark law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down a section of federal law Monday that prevented businesses from registering trademarks seen as scandalous or immoral, handing a victory to California...
NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue Airways is asking a judge to block Walmart from calling its new text-message personal-shopping service Jetblack, saying the name infringes on the airline's...
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — The University of Idaho has ordered a student who owns a beverage company to stop using the name "Vandal Beer."
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports university...
EU high court rules against Adidas in trademark case
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — A European union high court has ruled against German sports apparel giant Adidas' claim that its famous three stripes, applied in any direction, deserve trade mark...
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city known for its proximity to arguably the most famous UFO event in the United States has trademark protection for its alien-inspired logo.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday fined the Mongols motorcycle club $500,000 in a racketeering and conspiracy case but refused the latest effort in a decade-long attempt by the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rock band Guns N' Roses is accusing a Colorado brewery of piggybacking off their fame to sell beer and merchandise.
Aloha Poke claim revives Hawaiian culture protections push
HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding...
In ‘FUCT’ fashion brand case, justices avoid saying word
WASHINGTON (AP) — None of the Supreme Court's justices wanted to say the four-letter word.
The high court was discussing a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand...
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SCOTUS justices avoid saying ‘FUCT’ in brand case
Fashion brand ‘FUCT’ seeks trademark help from Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) — Erik Brunetti's four-letter fashion brand starts with an "F'' and rhymes with "duct." The federal government calls it "scandalous" and "immoral" and has refused to register the...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state lawmaker in South Carolina wants to trademark his motto "The People's Rep."
Rep. Justin Bamberg says it is a cheesy tagline he has been using to catch the...
Czech Budweiser brewer worries about Brexit impact
CESKE BUDEJOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — The Budejovicky Budvar brewery in the Czech Republic managed to survive a decades-long trademark battle over whether it could call its beer Budweiser. But...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's a Bourbon Street battle of jumbo beers, just before Mardi Gras' climactic weekend: Huge Ass Beers vs. Giant Ass Beer.
Judge won’t make Mongols biker gang surrender trademark logo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge delivered a blow Thursday to a decade-long effort by federal prosecutors to strip the Mongols motorcycle gang of its trademarked logo, ruling such a move...
Chinese man gets US prison term in fake computer items case
HOUSTON (AP) — A man from China has been sentenced to 4½ years in a U.S. prison in a trademark violation case involving counterfeit computer-networking equipment shipped to Texas.
Ruiyang Li of Beijing was sentenced Friday in Houston. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old Chinese national pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods.
Coffee roaster reports confusion over shared name with CBD
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Coffee By Design says it may pursue legal action over customers confused by its shared acronym with the cannabis compound CBD.
The Portland Press Herald reports the owners of the coffee roaster have owned a trademark for CBD since 2010.
Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, is also known as CBD.
Beverage company opposes trademark for Hawaii-grown coffee
HONOLULU (AP) — A Sweden-based beverage company has opposed the trademark application filed by a Hawaii company for a coffee product.
Attorneys for The Absolut Co. filed a notice of opposition for the application last year, arguing that Kaholo Coffee is "confusingly similar" to the company's product, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.
China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks amid trade talks
SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father's administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China.
Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business.
In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.
The 30-year-old singer says in the lawsuit that she has used the name for her cosmetics brand and other businesses since 2012.
‘Adventure’ books publisher sues Netflix over ‘Bandersnatch’
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The company that publishes the "Choose Your Own Adventure" novels is suing Netflix, seeking $25 million in damages over an interactive film in the science fiction "Black Mirror" anthology series.
In the federal suit filed Friday, the Waitsfield, Vermont-based company Chooseco claims the online streaming giant violated its trademark with the movie "Bandersnatch," which was released last month.
Rockstar defends Pinkerton name in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’
NEW YORK (AP) — Rockstar Games is firing back in a legal tussle over the use of a Pinkerton security company's name in its video game "Red Dead Redemption 2."
Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations sent a cease and desist letter to Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, in December, claiming the popular Wild West video game uses their trademarks without permission, according to court documents.
Chicago suburb, Nevada city settle trademark dispute
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Documents show the Chicago suburb of Naperville and the city of Henderson, Nevada, have come to a resolution over use of the trademarked term "Water Street District."
Resorts World: Resort will look different from Wynn, Encore
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The company building a multibillion-dollar casino-resort with a modern Asian flair on the Las Vegas Strip defended itself in court filings this week arguing it is not copying its building design from two properties across the street.
Jury decides to strip Mongols biker gang of trademark logo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California jury decided Friday that the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind verdict, federal prosecutors said.
The jury in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana previously found Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a Mongol warrior on a chopper, guilty of racketeering and conspiracy.
Penn State moves to trademark the Happy Valley nickname
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — It's sometimes called State College and sometimes University Park, but Penn State wants to ensure it holds the trademark when it's called Happy Valley.
The Centre Daily Times reported Wednesday the university asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month to trademark the term that refers to the school's setting in the mountains of central Pennsylvania.
Wynn Resorts sues Resorts World over building design
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by Wynn Resorts claims the Resorts World property under construction across the street from the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore is too similar.
The company filed a trademark infringement and unfair competition lawsuit in federal court last week, seeking an injunction prohibiting Resort World Las Vegas from using Wynn's architectural trade dress of the buildings.
Resorts World is building a $4 billion, 3,000-room resort that's expected to open in late 2020.
Vegas hotel accuses new $4 billion resort of copying design
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The corporate owner of the Wynn and Encore resorts on the Las Vegas Strip is accusing a company building a $4 billion casino across the street of copying its building design.
Wynn Resorts Holdings has filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit alleging that Resorts World Las Vegas wants to mislead the public to believe its new 3,000-room project is affiliated with Wynn.
Malaysia-based Genting Group plans to open Resorts World in 2020.
Spice spat: Old Bay sues New Bae for trademark infringement
BALTIMORE (AP) — A clash of seasonings is looming in federal court, as Maryland's Old Bay seeks to protect its trademark in a lawsuit against another spice blend, New Bae.
The Daily Record reports Old Bay maker McCormick & Co. sued this week to stop Pittsburgh-based Primal Palate from using the "New Bae" name.
EU court rules taste of food cannot be trademarked
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court hasn't fallen under the spell of Dutch witches' cheese.
The European Court of Justice said Tuesday that "the taste of a food product cannot be identified with precision of objectivity" and ruled that it is "not eligible for copyright protection."
It was asked for a ruling by a Dutch court seeking advice in a case where Levola, the producer of "Heksenkaas," or witches' cheese, wanted its spreadable dip protected from copycats.
Correction: Girl Scouts vs Boy Scouts story
NEW YORK (AP) — In some versions of a story Nov. 6 and 7 about a lawsuit brought by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America against the Boy Scouts of America, The Associated Press erroneously reported the day the complaint was filed. It was filed Tuesday, not Monday.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over program's name change