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IPNews® – On April 27, The Saul Zaentz Company filed a Notice of Opposition against Hu Congyan regarding a trademark application for “Smeagol.” Hu Congyan filed the trademark application in September 2020.  If approved, Congyan would garner rights over the term “Smeagol” when used on various forms of apparel.  To continue reading, click: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Into Trademark Infringement
IPNews® – In a lawsuit that was filed on March 31, Ice Cube has claimed that Robinhood, the popular the stock trading app, has misappropriated his image in marketing. The photograph sent out by the company featured the rapper along with the phrase “Correct yourself, before you wreck yourself.” This is a reference to Ice Cube’s 1992 song, “Check Yourself.”  Ice Cube is seeking both damages and injunctive relief from the company. To continue reading,…
IPNews® – Nike has sued MSCHF for trademark infringement over a new line of Satan Shoes. In cooperation with Lil Nas X, Satan Shoes are limited-edition, custom Nikes that are allegedly modified with a drop of human blood and embellished with a pentagram. Nike claims that its trademarks used in association with Satan Shoes will damage its reputation.  To continue reading, click: Nike Sues Lil Nas X Partner For Trademark Infringement Over “Satan Shoes”
IPNews® – Muhammad Ali Enterprises, LLC, tasked with controlling all the intellectual property and rights of publicity linked to the boxing legend, have entered the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ring over a trademark application for “Float & Sting.” The trademark application for “Float & Sting” was filed by Ascend Concepts, Inc. and published for opposition to the Official Gazette on November 24, 2020.  Muhammad Ali Enterprises requested an extension of time to file a…
IPNews® – Carole Baskins of Tiger King fame filed a trademark opposition against a trademark application for “Hey All You Cool Cats and Kittens”. She claims to have used this tagline since at least 2017, but it became internationally recognized when she spoke those words on Netflix’s popular Tiger King show in 2020. Daniel Brown, the defendant in the case, filed a trademark application to use the tagline in relation to “shirts, hats and general…
IPNews® – Elon Musk recently announced that he intends to create a new city in Texas. Elon Musk’s company SpaceX filed a trademark application for “Starbase” the same day that Elon Musk tweeted from his personal account about his next project “Creating the city of Starbase, Texas”.  To continue reading, click: SpaceX Files Trademark Application For Starbase.
IPNews® – After landing in the news for creating wild swings in stock prices, the Reddit community Wallstreetbets is in a trademark battle. Reddit recently filed for trademark protection in the Wallstreetbets name after Jaime Rogozinski of the community also filed for the same trademark.  Reddit has also opposed Rogozinski’s filing.  To continue reading, click: Reddit’s Battle for The Wallstreetbets Trademark has Begun.…
IPNews® –On February 2nd, Traxxas L.P. filed a trademark opposition against HBO for use of the HBO Max trademark. Traxxas primarily sells radio-controlled vehicles.  The notice of opposition alleges that the registration of the HBO Max name will cause consumer confusion. To continue reading, click: HBO Max Facing Claims of Trademark Infringement of Its Own Name
IPNews® –Elon Musk is facing another legal dispute for one of his companies. On January 19th, The Boring Company, LLC (Nevada) filed a trademark lawsuit against Musk’s Delaware construction services corporation of the same name. The Nevada-based company provides drilling services and has used the trademark since 2008. They claim unfair competition and false advertising for providing similar commercial services under the same trademark. To continue reading, click: Elon Musk’s ‘The Boring Company’ Facing Trademark
IPNews® – On January 13th, 2021, Warner Bros. filed a trademark opposition against Lawrence Merle Nelson for “What’s Up Doc?” a phrase intended to be used for personal coaching services. The “What’s Up Doc?” phrase has been linked for years to Bugs Bunny’s iconic cartoon character.  The Looney Tunes franchise alleges that its registration will likely cause confusion and therefore harm its trademark. To continue reading, click: What’s Up, Doc? Bugs Bunny Has an Upcoming