From the Department of Questionable Trademark Litigation:
“Disney’s Lucasfilm Sues Academy That Teaches People How to Use Lightsabers”
The Supreme Court of the US has agreed to review Lee v Tam, the so-called “Slants” case.
Oprah Winfrey prevailed recently in a long-running trademark law dispute, Kelly-Brown v. Winfrey. In an unpublished order, the Second Circuit ruled that the plaintiff had failed to establish that the claimed mark, “own your power,” is distinctive. Oprah Winfrey’s use of the mark was, therefore, non-infringing.
Boise State University has a trademark registration for the color “blue” for the turf of its home football field, and BSU is enthusiastic about enforcing that mark against colleges and high schools across America. If your turf isn’t green, expect a call or letter from Boise.
Earlier coverage of the BSU trademark registration: http://madisonian.net/2009/12/01/blue-in-boise/
And from an earlier edition of this Trademark Law course: http://madisonian.net/home/?page_id=712