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“Candy” Tastes Sweetest For Its New Trademark Owner

The mobile game hit du jour just got a new feature: extra trademark protection. The US Patent and Trademark office last week awarded King, makers of smash game Candy Crush Saga, a trademark on the word “candy.” [More]

Brewpub Shows Starbucks “The F Word” After Legal Demand To Stop Selling “Frappicino” Beer

Brewpub Shows Starbucks “The F Word” After Legal Demand To Stop Selling “Frappicino” Beer

Still stinging from yet another legal defeat against a small New Hampshire coffee company over the “Charbucks” brand, the Starbucks legal team appears to be going after lower-hanging fruit, sending a cease-and-desist letter to a small Missouri brewpub that dared to sell something called Frappicino beer. [More]

“Onesie” Is A Trademarked Term, Even Though No One Cares

“Onesie” Is A Trademarked Term, Even Though No One Cares

What do you call a garment for infants and toddlers that’s a body suit with snaps at the crotch for easy diaper-changing? A “onesie”? No, no, gentle consumer, that’s not the case. Gerber (the baby stuff company, not the knife company) holds the trademark for the word “onesie.”   [More]

Wendy’s Sues Ice Cream Company Over Frosty Trademark

Wendy’s Sues Ice Cream Company Over Frosty Trademark

If you’ve been to Wendy’s enough times, you’ve probably tried a Frosty, the chain’s not-exactly-a-milkshake-but-not-quite-ice-cream dessert offering. The fast food giant is now suing an Ohio-based ice cream company over what it claims is a deliberate attempt to cash in on the Frosty name. [More]

Joan Jett Sues Hot Topic Over “Blackheart” Trademark

Joan Jett Sues Hot Topic Over “Blackheart” Trademark

I don’t shop at Hot Topic because I’m not a teenage girl, but I’ve heard that the stores exist. But I am old enough to remember Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the height of their fame in the early ’80s. But now two generations are colliding in a mess of tee shirts, push-up bras, and nail polish as the rock star’s record label sues the retailer over the Blackheart brand. [More]

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Dunkin’ Donuts Can’t Trademark “Best Coffee In America”

People might love Dunkin’ Donuts coffee — some might even say it’s the best around, and no one is saying the donut chain can’t call its brew America’s best. Regardless, DD’s application to trademark the phrase “Best Coffee in America” has been nixed for now. [More]

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Trademark Office Doesn’t See Difference Between A Philadelphia Cheesesteak And “Philadelphia’s Cheesesteak”

Just about every pizza place, diner, deli and sandwich shop here in Philadelphia will make you a cheesesteak, and while many claim to make the city’s best, only one has actually tried — unsuccessfully thus far — to trademark the phrase “Philadelphia’s Cheesesteak.” [More]

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Suing Ben & Cherry's Pornos Because, Well, Duh

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Suing Ben & Cherry's Pornos Because, Well, Duh

Perhaps some companies might not mind sharing similar names with a porno series, but when you’re America’s ice cream sweethearts, that’s just not gonna fly. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is suing the company behind “Ben & Cherry’s” X-rated DVDS for besmirching its reputation with its “hardcore pornographic” fare. [More]

Protect Your Brand From Becoming A .XXX Domain

Protect Your Brand From Becoming A .XXX Domain

Recently the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), who are the guys who decide all sorts of things about how website addresses work, approved the creation of a new .xxx domain. It’s intended for the adult entertainment industry, but brands have only until October 28th to act before fleshpot slingers start using addresses like mcdonalds.xxx and johndeere.xxx to steal traffic. [More]

SF Giants, MLB Sued Over "San Francisco" Logo

SF Giants, MLB Sued Over "San Francisco" Logo

If you’ve ever visited San Francisco, you’ve likely seen — and perhaps purchased — a coat or sweatshirt emblazoned with the city name in a distinctive script font, much like the “San Francisco” on jackets and other gear worn by the San Francisco Giants baseball team. Well, now the team, along with Major League Baseball, finds itself in a legal battle with the apparel company that says it owns the trademark. [More]

Florida Restaurant Sues Wendy's Over "You Can't Fake Fresh" Slogan

Florida Restaurant Sues Wendy's Over "You Can't Fake Fresh" Slogan

Many of the trademark infringement stories we cover involve mammoth corporations picking on smaller, unrelated businesses, but this one’s a bit different. A small chain of seafood restaurants in Florida has filed a $2 million lawsuit against Wendy’s over the use of the phrase “You can’t fake fresh.” [More]

Judge: Apple's "App Store" Suit Against Amazon Will Probably Fail

Judge: Apple's "App Store" Suit Against Amazon Will Probably Fail

It looks like Steve Jobs may have found his Waterloo in his war to defend Apple’s application to trademark the phrase “App Store.” A federal judge has advised the company that it will likely lose its lawsuit against Amazon.com over the e-tailer’s Appstore. [More]

Amazon's Defense in Apple Lawsuit: Steve Jobs' Own Words

Amazon's Defense in Apple Lawsuit: Steve Jobs' Own Words

Should “apps store” really be “Apps Store®,” a trademarked phrase tied exclusive to Apple and its application store for its devices? Amazon didn’t seem to think so. But when it opened the Amazon Appstore for Android, the online retailer still got slapped with a lawsuit from Apple. [More]

Healthy Cooking Teacher Must Stop Taking Name Of Kraft Mac & Cheese In Vain

Healthy Cooking Teacher Must Stop Taking Name Of Kraft Mac & Cheese In Vain

In the mysterious northern land of Canada, the delicious boxed food-like substance that we Americans call “Kraft Macaroni & Cheese” is called by its original name: “Kraft Dinner,” or “KD,” affectionately. When a Calgary food blogger began a cooking class for college students meant to show them quick, easy, and non-orange food options, he called it “Kick the KD.” Then Kraft contacted him to let him know that they didn’t appreciate having the name of their flagship product taken in vain. [More]

Apple Sues Amazon For Using The Phrase "App Store"

Apple Sues Amazon For Using The Phrase "App Store"

Earlier this year we wrote about Microsoft’s bid to block Apple from trademarking the phrase “app store,” and now comes news that Apple has filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com for using those words. [More]

Casey's General Stores Sues Subway Over "Footlong" Exclusivity Claim

Casey's General Stores Sues Subway Over "Footlong" Exclusivity Claim

Last spring, we wrote about Subway sending out cease-and-desist letters to sandwich shops that dared to use the term “footlong.” Now, Casey’s General Stores, a regional convenience store chain, has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging the fast food Goliath’s claim to exclusivity on the word. [More]

Microsoft To Apple: You Can't Trademark "App Store"

Microsoft To Apple: You Can't Trademark "App Store"

It’s been over two years since Apple first submitted an application to trademark the phrase “App Store,” but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from attempting to stymie the iPhone maker’s request. [More]

Chippendales Fail At Trademarking Dancers' Outfits

Chippendales Fail At Trademarking Dancers' Outfits

We don’t know about you, but the first think we think of when someone says “Chippendales Dancers,” is Chris Farley in nothing but a bow tie, shirt cuffs and spandex pants. And yet, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, that isn’t enough to trademark male revue’s signature outfits. [More]