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International Trademark Law

How International Trademark Laws Kept The “Apple Watch” Secret

Can international trademark laws keep your branding secrets? Over the past few months there have been many rumors and much speculation about Apple’s new product releases.  Two of those rumors, that new iPhones would include a much larger screen and the Apple would be launching a smart watch, turned out to be true.  September 9th […]

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Maine, International Trade, and Lobster

What do Maine, International Trade, and Lobster have in common? When one thinks of Maine, a few things come to mind: fresh lobster, cold winters, its beautiful coastline bordering the Atlantic Ocean.  Next on the list: international trade?  While it’s not currently the first thing to pop into the mind when thinking about Maine, that […]

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Promotions Small Business Set-Aside Bid Protest Punted

Why file a small business set-aside bid protest? Military pilots wear gloves.  The government supplies those gloves.  The gloves must come from somewhere. This week, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) decided a bid protest issue about where those gloves come from.  Promotions Plus filed a bid protest when the Defense Logistics Agency’s (“DLA”) awarded a […]

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Can Broadcasters Protect Their Media Rights in their Broadcasts?

What media rights, if any, are associated with broadcasts? Fans of football, soccer, tennis, and even enthusiasts of the Olympic Games can all now enjoy listening and sharing in the excitement of these games through advanced broadcast technology.  Advances in the communications technologies such as cable, broadband, direct TV, mobile internet and satellite have transformed […]

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Using the Lanham Act to Make International Trademark Pirates Walk the Plank

Don’t let trademark pirates ruin your brand? In prior blog posts, we’ve talked about trademark pirates, sometimes referred to as trademark squatters, who are individuals or businesses registering trademarks in a country for the sole purpose of later selling the trademark at a premium. For example, a company in China may see that Trader Joe’s has become a popular […]

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Chuck Taylor Shoe Design And Trademark Protection

Can the style of a shoe be subject to trademark protection? Converse All Star shoes, with their white soles and laces and color-blocked sides, are instantly recognizable. According to Nike-Converse, Inc., the famous Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker “look” merits trademark protection.  If they’re right, it could spell big trouble for over 30 U.S. and […]

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What Constitutes Winning A Bid Protest

Winning a bid protest may or may not feel like a win. It turns out the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) knows what constitutes “winning.” This week, the GAO denied A1C Partners’ request for reimbursement for its costs in filing and pursuing two bid protests that it filed during this past year. The Department of Homeland […]

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