Category Archive for "Patterson Thuente News"

Damages Dismissed in Sturgis Trademark Dispute

Rushmore Photo & Gifts, Inc. (RPG), the Niemann family, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. are celebrating a victory over Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRI) in a controversial, six-year trademark dispute over the name “Sturgis.” On March 10, the Court found that RPG and Wal-Mart had valid equitable defenses to SMRI’s trademark claims. The Court vacated and dismissed the entire jury damage award of $912,500, ruling that “SMRI is barred from recovering damages and profits from the defendants for the time period prior to October 30, 2015.”

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Erstling Becomes Bangladesh Copyright & IP Forum Trustee

Jay Erstling was honored to accept an invitation to become a Trustee for the Bangladesh Copyright & IP Forum (BCIPF) recently. According to Mr. Kazi Zahin Hasan, Chairman to the Board of Trustees of BCIPF, Jay’s experience and willingness to contribute for the development of the IPR sector will help tremendously in developing the IPR regime in Bangladesh. Read more.  

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Use of trademarks as hashtags on social media

The opportunity to label social media posts with hashtags are endless. But there is a tension between brandowners’ desire to get as many people as possible to see their posts and use their hashtag, and the traditional trademark laws. Trademark law surrounding social media is still full of gray areas, but this article can provide brandowners some guidance.

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Ideas On Intellectual Property Law February/March 2017

Patterson Thuente IP is please to publish the February/March issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.

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Eric Chadwick Selected for National Fellowship

Eric Chadwick, intellectual property attorney and head of the litigation department at Patterson Thuente IP, has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA).

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Client Profile: Sunburst Chemicals

Sunburst Chemicals has been innovating our cleaning process since 1920. We know today how important it is to clean food, laundry and every day items and Sunburst is on the forefront of that mission. They supply a number of cleaning products for a variety of every day use:

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New Year IP Resolution

New years resolutions are one of the world’s longest standing traditions. Throughout January, people will reflect on their personal and professional goals and ambitions to set forth on a new journey—often making a list of what they hope to accomplish. This year, we recommend adding one small piece to that list—protecting your ideas.

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New Year, New Ideas

New Year, New Ideas The New Year has finally arrived and we are ready for 2017! We wanted to outline some important IP advice for your company this year.

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The Top 10 Trademark Rulings of 2016

Trademark rulings often miss the front headlines of the news outlets every year, but little do people know, these decisions often affect their everyday lives more than some of the cases that receive national attention.

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Former IPLM Group Founder Joins Patterson Thuente

David Cleveland, a patent attorney with decades of experience as patent counsel for corporations and in private practice, has joined Patterson Thuente IP’s growing team of intellectual property lawyers.

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