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Hitched on Technical Grounds: TTAB Litigation Insights from Universal Life Church Monastery Storehouse v. American Marriage Ministries

Hitched on Technical Grounds: TTAB Litigation Insights from Universal Life Church Monastery Storehouse v. American Marriage Ministries   January 24, 2024 |  By: Michael Shafer and Alex Butterman   Trademark litigants should heed the cautionary tale in this case – develop your arguments or risk waiving them. The United States Court of Appeals for the… Continue reading Hitched on Technical Grounds: TTAB Litigation Insights from Universal Life Church Monastery Storehouse v. American Marriage Ministries

Judge Dismisses Sarah Silverman’s “Nonsensical” Copyright Claims Against Meta: Lessons for AI Developers

Judge Dismisses Sarah Silverman’s “Nonsensical” Copyright Claims Against Meta: Lessons for AI Developers

December 11, 2023   |   By: Daniel Davis   A California federal judge recently dismissed several copyright infringement claims brought by comedian Sarah Silverman and other writers against Meta Platforms, Inc (“Meta”), Facebook’s parent company.[1] In their lawsuit, the writers claim that Meta used illegal copies of their books to develop the company’s Large Language Model… Continue reading Judge Dismisses Sarah Silverman’s “Nonsensical” Copyright Claims Against Meta: Lessons for AI Developers

The Effect of Spireon in The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

The Effect of Spireon in The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

November 20, 2023 |  By: Michael Shafer and Alex Butterman   The legal landscape for trademark owners changed significantly in 2023 because in Spireon v. Flex Ltd, 2023 USPQ2d 737, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit flipped the burden of proof for third-party registration evidence for identical marks in trademark oppositions. The bombshell… Continue reading The Effect of Spireon in The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

TRAVIS KELCE’S TRADEMARKS ERA: A CELEBRITY MARKS SPOTLIGHT

Travis Kelce's Trademarks Era: A Celebrity Marks Spotlight

Travis Kelce’s Trademarks Era: A Celebrity Marks Spotlight November 3, 2023 |  By: Catherine Lusk and Alex Butterman   Think about some of your favorite brands, and how each is recognized. Everyone knows what a WHOPPER is and who sells it. A very particular shade of blue has been associated with TIFFANY because of the… Continue reading TRAVIS KELCE’S TRADEMARKS ERA: A CELEBRITY MARKS SPOTLIGHT

Bulletproof Trademarks: Why Brand Owners Should File a Section 15 Declaration of Incontestability

Why should brand owners file a Section 15 Declaration of Incontestability? This effectively gives the trademark owner a bulletproof vest...

Bulletproof Trademarks: Why Brand Owners Should File a Section 15 Declaration of Incontestability   September 20, 2023   |   By: Daniel Davis and Alex Butterman   Last fall, the maker of BLUE GOO pain relief products filed a trademark infringement lawsuit over a competitor’s GREEN GOO pain relief salve.[1] Trademark litigation can be long and costly.… Continue reading Bulletproof Trademarks: Why Brand Owners Should File a Section 15 Declaration of Incontestability

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig Is Awarded NIH Trademark Related Services Contract

VIENNA, VA (September 6, 2023) – Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig (DBL), a renowned veteran-owned law firm, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) contract for Trademark Related Services.   With the award of this contract, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig will be going into its sixth year providing… Continue reading Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig Is Awarded NIH Trademark Related Services Contract

What is a Certification Mark and do I Need One?

By: Alex Butterman  [8/14/22] Everyone is familiar with a trademark or service mark (“mark”) that a business adopts to identify and distinguish its goods and services (respectively) from that of other businesses. These marks are used by the business to essentially establish a known level of quality and unique characteristics associated with the particular goods… Continue reading What is a Certification Mark and do I Need One?

Google v. Oracle – Copyright Infringement in Developing Technologies

By: Alex Butterman On April 5, 2021, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Google, LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. in favor of Google by a 6-2 majority, with Barrett not participating. Oracle owns a copyright in Java, a popular computer programming language that arguably has a lot of functional or “useful” features needed… Continue reading Google v. Oracle – Copyright Infringement in Developing Technologies

SCOTUS Rules That Addition of “.com” to a Generic Term Can Create a Trademark

SCOTUS Rules That Addition of “.com” to a Generic Term Can Create a Trademark By: Alex Butterman Butterman is Senior Counsel and the Managing Trademark Attorney at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s Leesburg Office. [July 9, 2020] Is GENERIC.COM A Generic Mark? NO, according to the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-1 decision issued on June 30,… Continue reading SCOTUS Rules That Addition of “.com” to a Generic Term Can Create a Trademark

Everybody “COVIDS” a CORONAVIRUS Trademark Registration But It’s Not That Easy.

By Alex Butterman Butterman is Senior Counsel at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwigs Leesburg Office [April 23, 2020 Leesburg]   Whenever our society experiences a catastrophe, a tragedy, a calamity, a “viral” trend, a phenomenon or any other story that dominates the news, invariably a number of people feel compelled to register as a trademark the popular… Continue reading Everybody “COVIDS” a CORONAVIRUS Trademark Registration But It’s Not That Easy.

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As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

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