Trademark Squatting. The Washington Redskins Confronts A Squatter

Martin McCaulay saw the future coming. He suspected that the NFL franchise “Washington Redskins” will eventually replace its trademark. In 2019, McCaulay filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) dozens of trademarks applications the team may use to substitute the racially controversial name.  He filed for “Washington Pigskins,” “Washington Bravehearts”, “Washington Monuments,” and more. Offensive and racist brands are on their way out, even as the Supreme Court expanded the limits of
We say it often: Brands may be your most valuable asset. Furthermore, if the brands are protected with a registered Trademark, your trademark may be the most important item to salvage when things go wrong. The designer icon Diane Von Furstenberg’s case is very illustrative. Her fashion company is suffering from past administrative mistakes. Now, the pandemic is hitting hard the whole fashion industry. Who needs now a cocktail dress? Her company, DVF LLC had
The war against “fakes” or counterfeit merchandise is getting real and now involves Google. We already blogged about it. On our June 26th piece, we explained how Amazon is blocking third-party counterfeits or fake products from its platform. This action triggered by the passage of a new bill at the US House of Representatives. The name of the bill is the Shop Safe Act. This bill is not the law of the land yet but
This year has been one of protests and indignation. The number of black individuals deaths by police forces across the USA shook our consciences. The Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations against police brutality sparked also introspection into all forms of racism, including in the trademark world. Some companies started to revise their hiring policies. While others are reviewing their minority representation in leadership positions. This long-overdue introspection made brand owners re-evaluate how these may
For those of us who had followed the anti-immigrant rhetoric of President Trump, this is not a surprise: He is threatening to take away international students’ visas. The pretenses that his administration is against undocumented immigration only are long gone.  Trump has always used the immigration issue as a tool for other purposes. I will explain later. Who are F-1 Visa Recipients? The newest victim of Trump’s anti-immigrant crusade are F-1 visa recipients.  This visa
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