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Holiday Trademarks: Happy New Year!


Welcome to another edition in my series on Holiday Trademarks. Follow the links for my previous blog posts on Thanksgiving Trademarks, Winter Holiday Trademarks Part 1, and Winter Holiday Trademarks Part 2. As 2011 comes to a close, I thought I’d finish out the year and look forward to 2012 with a look at New Year’s Trademarks.

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Holiday Trademarks: Winter Edition Part 2


Welcome to Holiday Trademarks: Winter Edition Part 2. You may be surprised to know that it follows Part 1. Here are a few more marks related to a variety of Winter celebrations… HAPPY HANUKKAH SHALOM: Candy bars MENORAH MATE: Printed guides for Jewish prayer HAPPY KWANZAA: Retail grocery stores THE CHRISTMAS TREE COMPANY: Wholesale and Retail Stores THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE: Educational and Entertainment Services

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Holiday Trademarks: Winter Edition Part 1


Following in the tradition of my post on Thanksgiving trademarks, I’m going to use the next couple of posts to provide a little bit of info about trademarks related to the Winter holidays. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to get back to the more complicated legal mumbo-jumbo in a few short weeks. For now… As my faithful readers know, you generally need permission to register someone’s name as a trademark. However, in 2000, the US Government made a statement (through the US Patent and Trademark Office) that they do not believe Santa Claus is real, so it was unnecessary for…

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Skullcandy v. Skelanimals


Skullcandy, Inc., a company that makes clothing, accessories, and jewelry, and specializes in headphones, has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Skelanimals, LLC for trademark infringement.  Both companies use a black and white skull in their branding. Skelanimals is a line of products based on “adorable little animals who have met an untimely end, mostly due to their own reckless and ill-advised behavior,” according to the company’s website. Their marks appear on clothing, plush toys, backpacks, and alarm clocks, along with other products. Skullcandy has used its trademark since 2003, while Skelanimals has been around since 2008. What were…

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