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Merely Descriptive vs Suggestive — The Unwritten Rule of Trademark Law

On the whole, trademark law is incredibly comprehensive, but there’s one important rule that’s still unwritten — how to distinguish between ‘merely descriptive’ and ‘suggestive’ trademarks.The difference between these two types of trademark can be contentious. A merely descriptive mark is something that gives the [...]

The Slants – Offensive or Empowering?

In 1946, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) drafted something called the ‘disparagement clause’, which sought to prevent the filing of any trademark which could be deemed as “immoral, deceptive or scandalous”. In the past, this has usually been reserved for extreme cases [...]

Keeping Up With the Kylies – A 21st Century Trademark Feud

Who’s the first person you think of when you hear the name ‘Kylie’? Is it Kylie Minogue, the Australian popstar with an illustrious 36-year career full of hit singles, or Kylie Jenner, the 19-year-old American teenager who’s famous for being part of the Kardashian [...]

A Curious Game of Cat and Mau5

It’s not too often that we see the worlds of trademarking and DJing collide, but that’s exactly what we witnessed just before the end of 2016, as EDM star Deadmau5 (pronounced ‘dead mouse’) found himself embroiled in an intellectual property predicament…over the name of [...]

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