All posts by: Adam Garson

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Trademark law is deceptively simple, but there are traps for the unwary. One of those traps is the doctrine of “related products“. Here’s how this works. Let’s say you have chosen what you believe to be a distinctive trademark for fruit juice. Let’s call it AWESOME BEV. So, you properly performed a trademark clearance search. You find that no one […]

Copyright consists of a bundle of rights, and the Copyright Act itself defines a “Copyright Owner” as the owner of “particular right.” (§ 101). In this sense, “copyright” is a noun, used to identify a right of ownership; it is not a verb. A trademark, on the other hand, is not a noun, nor a […]

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently handed down an important opinion for the Cannabis world. Before we get into the weeds (so to speak), let’s start with some basics. Possession and use of cannabis on the federal level is illegal. It is referred to as a Schedule 1 drug under […]

New technologies give rise to new intellectual property headaches. Non-fungible tokens or NFT’s are no exception. What is an NFT? For the uninitiated (and hermits), an NFT is a unique digital token that one can own, sell, or redeem. Bitcoin and Ethereum are examples of digital tokens. Cryptocurrency, however, is fungible. The Bitcoin I own is not unique […]

The rapid but uneven legalization of cannabis-related products in the U.S. and the resulting jurisdictional patchwork where cannabis use may be legal in one state but not another, or on the state but not the federal level, has created confusion for trademark applicants. Some applicants, frustrated by the USPTO’s rejection of trademarks applications for what […]

Champagne is from the Champagne region of France, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham from the Parma region of Italy, Toscano olive oil from Tuscany, Roquefort cheese and Champagne from the region of the same name in France. Then there is Irish Whiskey, Darjeeling tea, Florida oranges, Idaho potatoes, Vidalia onions, Washington State […]

Trademarks may incorporate geographical terms but if the USPTO determines that a trademark is “primarily geographic”, the trademark application will be rejected. According to the USPTO,  To support a refusal to register geographic matter, the Trademark Act requires that the mark be primarily geographic, that is, that its primary significance to the relevant consumers in the United […]

When is a chair just a chair (and not a trademark)? The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board” or “TTAB”) recently considered this question in an opinion on whether Herman Miller, Inc. (“Herman Miller”) could claim trademark rights in a famous chair design dating back from the 1940s when Charles and Ray Eames developed a technique for molding […]