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Category Archives: Trademark Litigation

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Supreme Court Officially Strikes Down Law Barring ‘Offensive’ Trademarks

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the Associated Press, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a key section of the federal code (part of the Lanham Act) that previously prevented individuals and companies from obtaining trademark protection for marks deemed to be scandalous, immoral, or otherwise offensive. Notably, this decision comes after other… Read More »

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The Owners of Miami’s Magic City Casino have Filed a Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against Local Developers

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the SunSentinel, West Flagler Associates, the company that owns Miami’s Magic City Casino, has filed a trademark infringement claim against a South Florida developer. West Flagler Associates is seeking to confirm its intellectual property rights in regards to the term ‘Magic City’. Below, our Miami trademark litigation lawyers provide an… Read More »

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The Internet Meme ‘Florida Man’ is Now the Subject of a Trademark Filing

By Michael Pike |

Popularized in recent years, the term ‘Florida man’ is an internet meme used to refer to news stories — arising out of the state of Florida — in which people do ill-advised or downright bizarre things. As explained by the Miami New Times, the term likely became associated with Florida because of the state’s… Read More »

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Inter Miami, Major League Soccer (MLS) are Opposing Inter Milan’s American Trademark

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In January of 2018, the City of Miami was awarded a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. At the current time, the club is set to join the top professional soccer league in the United States at the beginning of the 2020 season. Playing in a brand new 18,000 seat stadium in Fort Lauderdale, the… Read More »

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FLAG Act Introduced in Congress, Bill Would Give State and Local Governments Access to Trademark Protection

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In April, a bipartisan group of Senators, including lead co-sponsors Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), introduced the Flag Act into Congress. If enacted this legislation would give state and local government entities the legal right to obtain federal trademark protection for their flags and other official symbols. Here, our West Palm… Read More »

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Trademark Infringement Claim: Patagonia Sues Anheuser Busch Over Its New Beer

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from CNN, Patagonia has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the multi-national beer maker Anheuser-Busch. Recently, Anheuser-Busch began marketing and selling a “Patagonia” branded beer. The outdoor clothing company contends that the beer evokes its brand and its logo. As such, Patagonia alleges that their trademark rights are being violated. For… Read More »

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Florida Federal Judge Dismisses “Volt” Trademark Infringement Lawsuit; Lack of Jurisdiction

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from Reuters, a federal judge in Hillsborough County, Florida has dismissed a trademark infringement lawsuit for lack of jurisdiction. The trademark claim was filed by a Tampa, Florida-based lighting company called “Volt” against a Hillsboro, Oregon company called the “Volt Lighting Group.” The defense for the Oregon-based defendant claimed that the… Read More »

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The Supreme Court Will Decide if a Bankruptcy Filing Terminates a Trademark License

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In February, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Mission Product Holdings v. Tempnology — a case that raises a number of important questions pertaining to the intersection of trademark law and bankruptcy law. Most notably, can a company revoke a trademark license as part of its bankruptcy filing? In… Read More »

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