Understanding the Cancellation of the Redskins’ Federal Trademark

For the second time in 15 years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has cancelled the federal trademark of the Washington Redskins on grounds that the team name is disparaging to Native Americans. Through its Trademark Trial and Appeal Court, the USPTO first cancelled the trademark in 1999, but the decision was overturned by a federal court on appeal in 2003. The Redskins are likely to appeal this new cancellation as well and would retain federal trademark protection pending appeal. An appeal could take years to play out.

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Washington Redskins Trademark Revoked: What Does It Mean for the Team?

The government agency ruled 2-1, following a petition by five Native Americans, today that the team’s name is “disparaging of Native Americans.” As a result, the team may have a harder time protecting its name and logo if other people use them without permission on, say, sweatshirts and hats, the Associated Press reported.

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Smokey’s Ex-wife Wants Cut of Reclaimed Rights

Motown’s Smokey Robinson is attempting to reclaim rights to his songs because of a once-obscure provision in the 1976 Copyright Act, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Kellogg Settles Suit with $5M, Kashi Re-labels

Kellogg Co has agreed to stop using terms such as “All Natural” and “100% Natural” on some of its Kashi and Bear Naked brand product labels and to pay more than $5 million to settle a class-action consumer fraud lawsuit.

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Kronk Gym Foundation Dropping Kronk Name from Gym

The nonprofit organization’s board made the decision Wednesday night after the late Emanuel Steward’s family threatened legal action because of trademark infringement.

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Copyrights: Viacom and GoogleBury the Hatchet over YouTube

Viacom Inc. resolved copyright litigation with Google Inc. over the tech giant’s YouTube video site, ending a seven-year legal fight that became a symbol of tensions between media companies that produce content and websites that let users share it.

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McDonald’s Refreshes Ronald

The McDonald’s icon famous for his wild red hair, yellow jumpsuit and floppy shoes, has gotten a makeover from a theatrical stylist who has updated just about everything but the shoes.

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Law Firms Move to Rebrand Image for Online, TV, Print

At least three Metro Detroit law firms, which litigate everything from immigration to personal injury, have decided to re-brand themselves, often spending tens of thousands of dollars to spruce up their images online, in print and on TV.

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State Mixes Absopure Water into Tourism Pitch

Plymouth-based Absopure Water Company is partnering with the Pure Michigan campaign and will soon have tourism-related images on its water bottle packages and ads.

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U.S. Plans to Give Up Oversight of Web Domain Manager

The U.S. government plans to give up control over the body that manages Internet names and addresses, a move that could bring more international cooperation over management of the Web, but will make some U.S. businesses nervous.

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