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Three Stripes and You’re Out! (of a Trademark)

Adidas successfully opposes Etonic’s application for a trademark for athletic shoes. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board ruled that Etonic’s stylized E (left) looks too much like Adidas’ famous three stripes. Three stripes on shoes since 1952, national sales in the billions, partnerships with[...]

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Have your coffee and wear it too?

The law office comes out of hibernation with news of an invention that will warm your inside as well as out–Coffee yarn! Cheng-Chun Huang of Taiwan discovered a way to infuse yarn with coffee grounds. The yarn can be knit[...]

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Niles North High School Engineering Design & Development class welcomes Lesley Wallerstein

Thrilled to be invited back for another presentation with Robb Barton’s Engineering Design & Development class at Niles North High School. They will learn what patents are, what patents can (and cannot) do, whether they can patent software, the benefits of[...]

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11 (12?) not-so-secret herbs and spices

In trade secret news, Col. Sanders’ nephew showed the Chicago Tribune what he believes to be Kentucky Fried Chicken’s long-held secret recipe. Joe Ledington found the hand-written list on the back of the will of Sanders’ second wife.  KFC officials would not confirm[...]

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An Intellectual Property attorney “Extraordinaire.”

For negotiating and securing licenses for images and text published in Larry Broutman’s latest book, Chicago Monumental. Thank you, Larry. This is why I do what I do.[...]

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July 25 – North Shore LAW presents free “College Send-Off” Event at Northbrook Public Library

As a parent or guardian, your To-Do List to prepare for college, a gap year or simply having an adult child, is not complete without having your young adult review and execute an Illinois Power of Attorney for Health Care[...]

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Google invents “human flypaper” for hood of self-driving cars

Google was just awarded U.S. Patent 9340178, for what is essentially a human flypaper coating for the hood of its autonomous vehicles. To the naked eye, the coating appears as ordinary car paint, but hides a multilayer, impact-activated adhesive, not unlike[...]

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MIT scientists invent waterproof, wrinkle-smoothing cream

Scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof and Olivo Labs have invented a silicone-based cream that, when applied to the skin, smoothes wrinkles and forms a weightless, waterproof and temporary second-skin.  The cream, when dry, looks and feels like real[...]

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Can’t catch me! Boston Marathon organizers lose bid to stop trademark in Marathon Monday

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) lost its bid to stop Velocity, LLC to register a trademark in “Marathon Monday” for athletic apparel. The Trademark Trial and Appeals Board ruled that while BAA is synonymous with, and therefore has trademark rights[...]

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Led Zeppelin to go to trial on “Stairway to Heaven” claim

The estate of Randy “California” Wolfe, original guitarist and vocalist for Spirit, best known for their hit “Got a Line on You,” sued Led Zeppelin in a Pennsylvania federal court for copyright infringment and “Right of Attribution/falsification of Rock & Roll[...]

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