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Trademark dispute brews between Ravinia Festival, neighborhood pub

Ask anyone who has ever lived in Chicago, the best thing about the city is its summer. We throw off our coats, toss our boots into the closet and celebrate the joy of being outside again. The lakefront comes alive[...]

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IKEA takes the high road with their low-end bag

In my line of work, people take their ideas very seriously. Frankly, that’s why my job exists. Patents and trademarks help people protect what they create. You get a patent or a trademark, then threaten to sue anyone who copies[...]

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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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A registered trademark of Major League Baseball…

Cubs Sue ‘Unofficial Mascot’ for Trademark Infringement At first glance, the press begs the question of whether this is a defensible fair use or dilution/trademark infringement? However, if I were the defendants, I would raise a completely different argument.  Who[...]

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You can catch more flies with honey than with a lawyer…

Here’s how a little civlity, humility and professionalism averted what could have been a lengthy and expensive trademark dispute.  We should all strive to follow their example; I wish they could all go this smoothly. It wasn’t really a course,[...]

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