LeBron James’s Company, Uninterrupted IP LLC, Files for Trademark “Shut Up and Dribble”

According to the USPTO, LeBron James’s company, Uninterrupted IP LLC. filed for the trademark “Shut Up and Dribble” on July 18, 2022. The phrase has been used in quite a negative manner when talking about basketball players. For LeBron James in particular, a FOX news correspondent told him to do so back in 2018 whenContinue reading “LeBron James’s Company, Uninterrupted IP LLC, Files for Trademark “Shut Up and Dribble””

The Strength of Control

I finally (finally) saw Spider-Man, No Way Home! The movie was great! I later figured out the real reason why Peter could not get into the college of his choice – #Contracts! Marvel has a lot of control over their #trademark characters. The screenshot shows what restrictions have been placed on Peter Parker. However, thereContinue reading “The Strength of Control”

Licensing: Why does it Matter?

Many creative industries have to deal with the question of owning the rights to their creations, and giving up some or all of those rights for certain reasons. What does the rights owner need to do? They need to license their work! What does licensing mean? A license is permission to use the current owner’sContinue reading “Licensing: Why does it Matter?”

USPTO To Make Electronic Filing Mandatory in October 2019

A new trademark rule from the USPTO goes into effect on October 5, 2019. Starting on that day, all filings must be electronic! The goal is for the USPTO to speed up processing times and have fewer submission errors. Submissions for specimens will also be changing, requiring, 1. the URL and the access or printContinue reading “USPTO To Make Electronic Filing Mandatory in October 2019”

US SUPREME COURT RULES THAT LAW BANNING REGISTRATIONS OF “SCANDALOUS” TRADEMARKS VIOLATES FIRST AMENDMENT

On June 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court said that “The Lanham Act’s prohibition of ‘immoral or scandalous’ trademarks violates the First Amendment.” In other words, free speech beat out the Lanham Act, which is the governing law regarding trademarks. Entrepreneur Erik Brunetti started the clothing brand FUCT in 1990. It stands for “FriendsContinue reading “US SUPREME COURT RULES THAT LAW BANNING REGISTRATIONS OF “SCANDALOUS” TRADEMARKS VIOLATES FIRST AMENDMENT”