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USPTO Remains Open During Government Shutdown

While many government agencies have been forced to close shop as a result of the quibbling between the members of congress, there has been one bright bastion of hope for American efficiency; the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Without sounding like I’ve been paid by them, the USPTO appears to be the exemplary son of Uncle Sam compared to its inept siblings. Why? Because it remains open during the shut down, able to stand on its own feet. See their official comment here: http://www.uspto.gov/news/2013ops.jsp USPTO shutdown Don’t get me wrong, as an IP firm with a high volume of patent and...

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Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent’s Trademark Update

The sage continues, but this time the brawl between the two high-end fashion titans takes place in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Back in September of 2012, the Second Circuit issued an important fact specific ruling in regards to Christian Louboutin‘s trademark covering the red sole of their shoe in that protection will remain only when the red outsole is contrasted with the “upper” of the shoe. The opinion stems from the affirmation of the district court’s denial of Louboutin’s motion for preliminary injunction against Yves Saint Laurent (YSL). The Second Circuit specifically found that “it is the...

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Michael N. Cohen Super Lawyer

Cohen IP Law Group, P.C. is once again pleased to announce the nomination of Michael N. Cohen for inclusion in the 2013 Southern California Rising Stars Super Lawyers® publication. Super Lawyers® is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, confirmation that nominees are properly licensed, in good standing with the state licensing agency, and, when possible, that they have no history of disciplinary action that would warrant removal from the list. In addition to a general survey, an attorney-led research...

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Ludacris’ Trademark Battle for Disturbing Tha Peace

Early this month, Demitri Brown and Donna Evans-Brown (the “Browns”) filed a federal trademark infringement suit against Christopher Bridges p/k/a Ludacris, claiming that Luda’s “Disturbing Tha Peace” trademark is confusingly similar to their mark “Disturb the Peace.” However, “Disturb the Peace” has been cancelled since August 31, 2004. This means that the Browns no longer have a valid US Federal Trademark Registration, which ultimately means that they may likely only claim common law trademark rights and not Federal trademark rights. On the other hand, Ludacris has several trademark registrations that incorporates “Disturbing Tha Peace” (Reg. Nos. 3159855, 2945795, 2923163, 2925238, 3220495,...

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