Entries by Ashley Ray

The Slants Trademark, The Lanham Act, and What it Means

“One man’s vulgarity is another mans lyric” quoth the 1971 U.S. Supreme Court free-speech case. That 1971 free speech ruling is what came to mind when the U.S. Supreme Court delivered their ruling in Matal v. Tam. This Supreme Court battle was an appeal to reverse the USPTO’s decision to deny the trademark application for the mark “The […]

Are You Following These Intellectual Property Law Trends?

It’s 2017! We’ve got a new President, the same USPTO Director, new and emerging technologies, and we’re on the brink of what economists are calling the 4th Industrial Revolution. What does all of this mean for Intellectual Property Law? A lot actually. We rounded up some of the biggest trends and topics in Intellectual Property to give you […]

Drone Trademark Filings: Droning On or Taking Flight?

In the past couple of years, drones and related legal issues surrounding drones have been hot topics. Major companies like Amazon and Google are coming up with innovative ways to use them, drone enthusiasts are forming groups and meetups, and this past holiday season, they were high on many lists. In fact, 1 in 5 people said […]

A Timeline of the Epic Budweiser Trademark Dispute

Some trademark battles take years. Some decades. The trademark dispute between “The King of Beers” and the “Beer of Kings”? Almost a century. The Budweiser trademark dispute has been going on for 77 years. Budweiser Budvar Brewery was founded in 1895 by citizens of Budweis in the Czech Republic and is state-owned. Anheuser-Busch, a brewery Americans all know […]

When is it Just Not Worth the Trademark Fight?

Well intentioned trademark enforcement efforts can sometimes cause unintended collateral damage.  Even a victorious trademark fight can be accompanied by a PR nightmare. In some cases, the PR problems can cost more than a legal battle. Brand defense is a noble effort, but not if the PR damage is too great. Take Vail Resorts’ trademark application for the words ‘Park […]