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Trademarking “THE”

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In 1878, the Ohio legislature passed a law which officially changed the name of the public institution located in Columbus, Ohio to “The Ohio State University.” Since then, persons affiliated with the campus have conditioned themselves to consistently and proudly boast the word “The” when referring to their school. Officials for The Ohio State University […]

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When Did Donald Trump Decide That He Wanted To MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?

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Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump was issued a U.S. Trademark Registration for the slogan “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” on July 14, 2015, Reg. No. 4,773,272 in connection with “Political action committee services, namely, promoting public awareness of political issues” in International Class 035 and “Fundraising in the field of politics” in International Class 036. We […]

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BUILD-A-BEAR BUILDING UP AN IMPRESSIVE PATENT PORTFOLIO

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Smart companies protect their concepts and designs with robust portfolios that include design and utility patents.  Most companies protect the ornamental appearances of functional items via Design Patents and functional qualities via Utility Patents. Sometimes, however, a good collection of design patents can be a powerful mechanism to protect concepts and designs that surround a […]

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MACHETE DOESN’T KILL TEXAS

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On December 28, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that under the First Amendment, the State of Texas may deny tax breaks to film makers if the State of Texas deems that a film is insulting to the state. The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program (the “Incentive Program”) is a grant program […]