trademark

Trademark Infringement in Cannabis

Cannabis and Hemp CBD companies should be increasingly vigilant regarding the risks of potential trademark infringements of non-cannabis and hemp-related marks. There has been a long history of cannabis products in the unlicensed markets with similar or near-identical names, logos, or identifying artwork to well-known brands, products, companies, and in some instances, well-known persons. These…

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Dr. Dariush Adli Discusses the Recent “Kimono” Trademark Controversy and Legal Remedies for Affected Groups

In an article for IP Watchdog, Dr. Dariush Adli discusses the recent controversy surrounding Kim Kardashian’s efforts to trademark the name “Kimono” for her new line of undergarment shapewear.  While not perfect, trademark laws do provide powerful tools for Affected Groups to combat and control cultural appropriators from using their cherished attributes.    To read…

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Got Rights? A Jenner or Kardashian Will Probably Infringe Them

I really thought I wouldn’t be writing about this again. I thought that Kylie Jenner and her sisters would hire and listen to knowledgeable and competent trademark and copyright attorneys for their future business endeavors, after: Kylie Jenner infringed several of multi-platinum singer Kylie Minogue’s trademarks; and, then she and her sister, Kendal Jenner, infringed…

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Balenciaga vs Little Trees: When Anti-Fashion Leans Toward Anti-Legal, Daily Journal (November 6, 2018)

In an article for the Daily Journal, ADLI’s Olfa B’Chir discusses the appropriation of functional trademarks by high-end fashion brands attempting to compete with a movement in Fashion known as “AntiFashion”.  She explores the case example of Balenciaga appropriating the Little Tree design and their protected trademark to create a Balenciaga keychain that sells for approximatively…

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Your Trademark Can Become Useless If You Can’t Prove Use

A U.S. trademark registration must be maintained every five years, and renewed every ten, to keep it active and enforceable.  A component of this is the trademark owner filing an affidavit with the Trademark Office, stating the trademark owner is still using the mark in connection with the goods and services in the registration.  The…

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Kylie and Kendall Jenner Don’t Know Wrong from Rights

Earlier this year, Kylie Jenner tried to register a U.S. trademark for “Kylie” as a brand for her celebrity and her branded goods.  For some reason, she or her legal counsel neglected to first find out if that name/brand was available for trademark registration in the trademark classes Kylie sought.  It wasn’t. As early as…

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EP’s Louboutin Decision Opens the Door for U.S. Businesses to Protect Their Color/Shape Brands in Europe, IP Watchdog (September 4, 2018)

In an article for IP Watchdog, Dr. Dariush Adli examines the relevance and significance of European high court’s decision to recognize color a protectable form of trademark and offers practical advice to businesses who own color trademarks to take advantage of the ruling by obtaining exclusivity for their products in the EP market. To read…

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What’s in A Name? Everything If Your Name Is Kylie Jenner

We’re saturated with Kylie Jenner.  She has a celebrity.  She’s all over reality TV as a Kardashian adjunct.  She regularly graces the covers of tabloids.  She has tens of millions of followers as a social media icon.  She has a burgeoning career as a fashionista, either selling or planning to sell clothing, cosmetics and accessories.…

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Always Use Protection! – Submitting Your Ideas Without Getting Ripped Off

Just about everyone at one time or another has come up with an idea for a movie, TV show, product or service.  They’ve seen or are aware of how much money can be made in such endeavors, figure their ideas are as good as anyone else’s, if not better, and decide to take a shot…

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