Thursday, January 28, 2016

El Chapo and Trademarks

Just wrapped up an interview with Noticias 62 about Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, the notorious drug lord who was recently captured, and trademark issues related to him believe it or not.  Evidently, his family has filed for several trademark applications in Mexico throughout the years, many of which have been rejected by the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property aka the Mexican trademark office.   The rejection was based on Mexico’s trademark law that prohibits the registration of trademarks that are contrary to morality and decency, namely that El Chapo signifies a person who is wanted by the authority for committing various crimes.  However, the Mexican trademark office did allow registration for some of the applications associated with some odd goods and services like “whips and saddlery” and “Christmas trees” among others.
The US has a similar basis for rejections of trademarks that are scandalous or disparaging.  Some of the most notable recent ones are the Redskins issue which I talk about last year and I believe is still ongoing, and the “Slants” trademark which was held to be disparaging but recently overruled and allowed registration by the Federal Circuit finding that the disparagement provision in that case would violate the Slant’s, an Asian rock band, first amendment right.  But with “El Chapo” it’s a bit different because we are talking about a nickname or possible surname if he decides to file for that.  Not sure if that would be held to be scandalous if his family decides to file in the US for similar goods and services as they did in Mexico.  The USPTO hasn’t been exactly consistent about these issues, but in one case an application for “Osama Bong Loadin” was rejected because “[a]ccording to the attached evidence from, the proposed mark OSAMA BONG LOADIN refers directly to Osama Bin Laden and is thus scandalous because Bin Laden’s actions are synonymous with his name”.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

LA Gadget Expo Cohen IP Law Group

Michael Cohen of Cohen IP Law Group will be presenting a 30 minute lecture on IP issues on December 6th at the LA Gadget Expo. We are also a Silver Sponsor of the LA Gadget Expo! They’re giving 50% off exhibitor fees to those of you who wish to exhibit (e-mail for more information) and free admission for being a Cohen IP Law Group client. Use promo code ‘COHENIPLAW’ for complimentary admission to the event:

Friday, October 23, 2015

Trademark and Patent Registrations Granted!

We have been extremely busy
at Cohen IP Law Group. Here are just some of the trademark and patent registrations we received this week alone. We are excited to exceed our 2014 total registrations for our clients!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cohen IP Law Group's Lawsuit Against Universal and Seth MacFarlane

Hollywood Reporter has covered Cohen IP Law Group’s recent lawsuit against Universal Pictures, Seth MacFarlane and other defendants for trade dress infringement and other claims.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

$1.3 million Judgment Vacated by Cohen IP Law Group

Cohen IP Law Group is happy to announce that it has obtained an order today in favor of our client, from the Hon. Dale Fischer, vacating a $1.3 million judgment previously obtained by Beats Electronics.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Alice is Harsh - Understanding Alice Corp for Patent Ineligible Subject Matter

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, which came down last June elaborated on patent ineligible subject matter, particularly as it applies to software patents.  But the scope of these 101 type rejections has expanded to business method patents as well.  We have been noticing an uptick in these rejections just in the past few months.  The ABA just posted this article discussing Alice’s wrath.

Monday, November 3, 2014

SEMA 2014 Las Vegas

Cohen IP Law Group will be attending SEMA 2014 in Las Vegas.  SEMA is the number one annual convention of automotive specialty products.  If you will be there, let us know!