December 20, 2011
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
December 14, 2011
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…
December 7, 2011
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…
November 23, 2011
I’d like to wish all of my readers in the U.S. a very happy Thanksgiving. My gift to you – I know we don’t give gifts on Thanksgiving, but I’m feeling generous – is a break from some of the topics I’ve been covering. Instead, please enjoy this list of trademarks related to, or inspired in some way by, the holiday. If you can think of any others, please feel free to jump in.