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Hashtags and Trademarks

The Wall Street Journal reported today that trademark applications for hashtags increased exponentiallyin 2015. Hashtags are words or phrases that are preceded by the pound symbol (“#”) to classify a topicof conversation on social media platforms.Social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have become essential marketing tools.Businesses routinely use hashtags as a promotional device on social media to advertise its goods andservices. For example, Nike uses hashtags for its slogans or new products, for example, #justdoit and#LunarEpic.The primary purpose of using a trademark is for a business to indicate a source of origin for its goodsand services to the...

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El Chapo and his Trademarks

Just wrapped up an interview with Noticias 62 about Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, the notorious drug lord who was recently captured, and trademark issues related to him believe it or not.  Evidently, his family has filed for several trademark applications in Mexico throughout the years, many of which have been rejected by the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property aka the Mexican trademark office.   The rejection was based on Mexico’s trademark law that prohibits the registration of trademarks that are contrary to morality and decency, namely that El Chapo signifies a person who is wanted by the authority for committing various crimes....

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Top Trademark Law Firm Cohen IP Law Group Ranked by IP Today Magazine

Cohen IP Law Group, PC is pleased to announce its inclusion in Intellectual Property Today’s 2015 list of “Top Trademark Firms.”  This marks the firm’s sixth time ranking in the list.  Intellectual Property Today is one of the legal industry’s leading intellectual property publications, focusing on legal issues in patent, trademark and copyright law.  Firms are ranked according to the number of U.S. trademark registrations issued in 2014 where the firm or individual attorney is listed as the legal representative on the registration.Cohen IP Law Group, P.C. is a premier boutique intellectual property law firm specializing in complex trademark prosecution and litigation matters in addition...

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Marijuana, Trademark Brand Protection for the Cannabis Business

The emerging U.S.cannabis industry is estimated of producing $10.2 billion in the next five years.  This is not entirely surprising as the road to legalization has already been paved withColoradoandWashingtonhaving legalized recreational use of cannabis, while a large number of other states includingCaliforniahave legalized it for medicinal use.  Meanwhile, the Federal government has not yet changed the classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. The use, possession, sale, cultivation, and transportation of cannabis is still illegal under Federal law.While the laws regulating marijuana related businesses the changed over the years, startups in...

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Hershey Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against Marijuana Edible Company

This past June, Hershey filed a lawsuit in Colorado Federal Court against TinctureBell, LLC and TinctureBelle Marijuanka LLC- two companies that marketed cannabis-laced chocolate bars that were allegedly packaged to look like Hershey products.  The causes of action listed in the complaint were: trademark infringement, trademark dilution, false designation of origin, unfair competition, and passing off.  The candies included “Hashees” peanut butter cups, and are packaged similar to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  The Defendants’ Ganja Joy bars appear to look  similar to Almond Joys, and lastly, their HashHeath Bars appear to look identical to Hershey’s Heath Bars.The lawsuit settled relatively...

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MGM Defends Rocky Trademark From “Philadelphia Fat-Ass Run”

MGM , the film company that owns the rights to ROCKY sent a cease and desist letter to Philadelphia resident, Rebecca Shaefer who planned to launch a “Rocky 50K Fat-Ass Run” inspired by Rocky’s iconic jogging route through the streets of Philadelphia. Philadelphia Magazine columnist Dan McQuade‘s figured out   that the boxer ran 30.61 miles by analyzing running montages in the films.  MGM, which owns rights to the film objected on trademark grounds because they sponsor a Rocky themed 5k/10k run to take place in the city of Philadelphia in November. The “Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run” sparked concern of consumers being confused...

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