Trademarks

California Bill Provides Trademark Protection for Marijuana Industry

California, long a pioneer in legalizing cannabis, is intent on giving the industry the legal tools to grow.
Trademarks

Patent Office Sides With Kylie Minogue: Kylie Jenner's Attempt to Trademark Shared First Name Is Not Cool

The singer's representatives had dismissed Jenner as a 'secondary reality television star' in their bid to stop her from trademarking the name 'Kylie' in the U.S.
Nondisclosure Agreements

5 Situations That Require a Non-Disclosure Agreement

An NDA is your basic protection whenever you need to trust someone with valuable information about your business.
Trademarks

Nestle Loses Battle With Cadbury Over the Shape of Its Kit Kats

Nestle would have to prove that when it applied in 2002, its Kit Kat shape had already gained distinctive character.
Trademarks

Rubik's Cube Loses EU Trademark Fight Over Its Shape

The toy, invented in 1974 by Hungarian Erno Rubik, is popular among young and old, with more than 350 million cubes sold worldwide.
Trademarks

3 Things I Learned After Having to Change My Business Name

Reminder: Do a trademark search before you decide on your business's name.
Trademarks

Apply For a Trademark Before It's Too Late

With trademarks, the early bird gets the worm.
Trademarks

6 Tips for Registering a Trademark Overseas

Not registering your trademark overseas immediately can cost you in the long run.
Project Grow

3 Inspiring Business Lessons From Billionaire Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey

From safeguarding your brand to trusting your gut, there's much to learn from the wildly successful ascent of Lady O, the 'queen of all media.'
Olympics

Why Riding the #Rio2016 Wave Could Land Your Business in Legal Trouble

The U.S. and International Olympic Committees are cracking down on the unauthorized use of their intellectual property.
Small Business Heroes

What I Learned From Being an Accidental Copycat

Did Melania plagiarize Michelle (and, if so, why her instead of Pat Nixon or Nancy Reagan?) or are we all just recycling and reusing good lines?
McDonald's

McDonald's Wins EU 'MacCoffee' Trademark Dispute

The case underscores the battle between brand names and so-called free-riders who might benefit from the marketing spent on brands without bearing the same costs.
Court Cases

Facebook Beverages Won't Be a Thing in China After Rare Trademark Win

The Beijing Municipal High People's Court said the Zhongshan Pearl River Drinks application to label certain foods and beverages 'face book' was an obvious act of copying and harmed fair market competition.
Trademarks

Apple Loses Trademark Battle, Allowing Chinese Company to Use the 'IPHONE' Name

The Beijing company Xintong Tiandi Technology can now sell IPHONE-branded purses, wallets and phones cases.
Trademark Registration

How Do You Sustain Your Brand's Value? Follow These 6 Steps.

Hint: You want your logo to be more like the bitten apple and less like the walking fingers.