Battle Ensues over The Walking Dead

While the television series The Walking Dead took a break this summer, Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, has been battling a disturbance of his own. A restaurant in New Jersey has infringed on Kirkman’s owned trademarks for The Walking Dead. The team made up of four business partners, Phillip Theodorou, Steven Theodorou,…

Minnesota Carpet Company Sues USOC Over Free Speech

Minnesota based carpet cleaning company, Zerorez, has filed a suit against the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) over its social media ban that was placed on companies that were not sponsors during the 2016 summer Olympics. Zerorez is seeking “a declaration that Zerorez and other businesses can engage in free speech on social media without infringing…

Generic CrossFit Coming Soon…

CrossFit has become a fast growing industry since entering the fitness world in the early 2000’s. There are now thousands of affiliates, which span across the globe, and each affiliate owner pays a $3,000 annual licensing fee to use the CrossFit brand name. CrossFit, the company, has prided itself on their distinction from other fitness…

“Custody Battle” for CrossFit Kids

In 2005, CrossFit Inc. licensed Jeff and Mikki Martin to create the official program known as CrossFit Kids. The Martins have been affiliate owners since 2003, and have always had a passion for bringing the sport to both the elderly, and specifically kids. The Martins prided themselves on teaching fundamental movements, and promoting the “small gains”…

Will NOTSPORTSCENTER Receive Trademark Protection?

Last week, Notsportscenter, LLC, a Florida Limited Liability Company, filed a federal trademark application for the term NOTSPORTSCENTER. Will this receive trademark protection? First, the mark must be inherently distinctive, or have secondary meaning. We are going to assume that NOTSPORTSCENTER is not inherently distinctive, but instead, it is descriptive. It is merely the combination…

Trump rolling in the deep with Adele

Who is not a fan of Adele? Donald Trump seems to fancy her music as he has been using her hits “Rolling in the deep” and “Skyfall” during his political rallies at the Iowa caucus. However, Adele does not seem to share the same sentiments towards him. The use of Adele’s music stirred much concern…

Crossfit Brand Wars: Nike Awakens

With the release of the Nike “Metcon 2”, many “crossfitters” are still wondering whether the on-going brand war between Reebok and Nike is finally over. The simple answer to that question is no. Reebok/Crossfit continue to send various cease and desist letters to Nike, whenever the sporting goods conglomerate attempts to use the Crossfit name….

Fallout is Too Boston for MLB

Fallout 4 was released this week, and it has been widely viewed as one of the most anticipated games of this year. The setting is in the historic city of Boston, after a nuclear apocalypse. The game digs deep into real-world detail and character customization, including sites such as Fenway Park, in addition to the ability to have your…