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Happy clients receive patents and trademarks. Happy lawyer visits the Mother (Ship) of Invention

The law firm has sure been busy. We have prepared and filed two new patent applications for a returning client. We applied for over a dozen new trademarks. Several happy clients received their patents and trademarks. We continue to fight[...]

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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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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Continues to Operate During Government Shutdown

For my clients wondering about the federal government shutdown: The Patent & Trademark Office continues to operate. Their website reported this late Saturday ,January 20: While activities across much of the federal government ceased at 12:01 a.m. January 20, 2018,[...]

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Immoral and Scandalous Trademark Clause gets “FUCT” by First Amendment

This is not your grandmother’s trademark. At least for now, you may be able to trademark “immoral and scandalous” words as “FUCT.” The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that trademarks are a form of personal expression, even if used[...]

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Ugg(R) Gives Aussie Sheepskin Footwear Makers the Boot

News flash – Uggs® are not from Australia, at least not anymore. They are actually made in China. But you wouldn’t necessarily know that from their packaging. Technically, the trademark is just UGG®–without Australia. Deckers Outdoors, based in California, owns[...]

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A New “Slant” on Disparaging Trademarks

Portland, Oregon based rock band The Slants won back the right to trademark their name. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office had denied Simon Tam and his Asian-American bandmates a trademark on grounds it disparages that ethnic group. Tam appealed[...]

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New Merchandise Mart / River North location now open!

Can I be in two places at once? Yes! I’ve just opened a second location at Chicago’s uber (not Uber) tech hub Merchandise Mart. I’m really there and just down the hall from 1871 and Matter, and steps from the[...]

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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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Can I file my own patent or trademark application?

These days, it seems everyone wants to do it yourself. I love this can-do spirit. People are building their own homes, growing their own vegetables, sewing their own clothes. And for every project, there is a YouTube video that shows[...]

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P(R)esident T(R)ump

You may have heard that President Trump has just applied to trademark “KEEP AMERICA GREAT.” In fact, he has applied for two trademarks in this phrase. You may not know that Trump already has two registered trademarks for “MAKE AMERICA[...]

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