Trademark Squatting. The Washington Redskins Confronts A Squatter

Trademark Squatting is a practice that can confront businesses with unexpected cost and hassles. Read about the Washington Redskins re-branding troubles.

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Google Widens Crack-Down Against “Fakes” and Counterfeits

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…

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Are Racist Trademarks Legal?

This year has been one of protests and indignation for the number of deaths of black individuals by police forces across the USA.  The Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations against police brutality sparked also introspection into all forms of racism, not only the racism that hurts or kills. Some companies started to revise their hiring policies. Others were called out for their lack of black and brown representation in leadership positions. This long-overdue introspection…

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Amazon Creates Unit to Fight Counterfeit Products

Back in March of 2020, in a rare show of bipartisanship, the US House of Representatives put forward a bill that would make e-commerce companies such as Amazon legally liable for counterfeits sold on its platform, a much-awaited move to stem fake products coming from several countries.  The name of the bill is the Shop Safe Act. As a result of this no so subtle pressure, Amazon is stepping up the battle against counterfeits with the…

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