Category Archives: trademarks

Trademarks Go Green

World Intellectual Property Day is April 26, just over a month away. This year’s theme is green innovation. The environment and climate change have become major political and public opinion issues in the over last few years. Companies and advertisers … Continue reading

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Tupperware Patents

The U.S. economy may be sputtering, consumer confidence is tanking, and food and energy prices are at all-time highs. But there’s one company that sees a silver lining in all this gloomy news. Tupperware, the 62-year old company famous for … Continue reading

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Fictional Brands

Last Sunday’s Toronto Star had an interesting story about fictional brands from film and literature that have inspired real-life products. Some examples include HOLIDAY INN hotels, said to have been inspired by the 1942 Bing Crosby movie of the same … Continue reading

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Infringement = Triple Word Score

An AP story reports that Hasbro and Mattel, makers of Scrabble(R), are unhappy with an unauthorized online version of the game called Scrabulous. The companies, which share worldwide rights to the boardgame, have sent cease-and-desist letters to the two brothers … Continue reading

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Baby Products, Patent Numbers and a Puzzle

My wife and I are going to be new parents any day now, so our house has been filling up with all kinds of cool baby-related products. (We’re having twins, so that means two of everything.) Of course, I can’t … Continue reading

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