Where Do Trademarks Draw the Line?

The turbulent political climate has rocketed issues of freedom of speech to the forefront of the social consciousness. The same is true for trademark law. In fact, so-called “vulgar trademarks” are rising in popularity. And it’s easy to see why: they are provocative, political and memorable. Until recently, trademarks that were considered disparaging or especially … 

 

What’s in a Name? How Festivals Can Claim a Name and Protect Their Brand

What springs to mind when you hear the word “Coachella”? Probably not the geographic location of Coachella Valley, California, but rather the world famous Coachella Music Festival. This annual event has become so large that “Coachella” has taken on a secondary meaning in intellectual property terms. So what does mean from a branding and ownership …