Is “UGG” Generic? Understanding the Doctrine of Foreign Equivalents

By James Tuck Deckers Outdoor Corp. (Deckers), the owners of the well-known, federally registered trademark for sheepskin boots, “UGG,” recently scored a major victory over its competitor, Australian Leather Ltd. (Australian Leather). A jury in Illinois awarded it $450,000 in damages for the willful infringement of two of its trademarks. It was not in dispute […]

How Can a Trademark Be Lost During the Trademark Application Process?

Written by Andrew Reed In the first part of this series, we discussed why a business should register their trademarks. In the second part of this series, we will discuss how a trademark can be lost during the trademark application process. While some of these issues may not result in instant loss of trademark rights, […]

Waco Division Update: Albright Denies Google’s Section 101 Motion to Dismiss

  By Vincent J. Allen. As discussed in a prior post, the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas has seen a rise in patent infringement suits.  Plaintiffs are filing in Waco because of Judge Alan Albright’s promise to efficiently resolve patent disputes.  Judge Albright has also made clear that he does not favor […]

Why Should I File for a Trademark Registration? Part One

Written by Andrew Reed. You may be wondering why you should register your business’s trademarks.  A business’s brand and identity are two of its most valuable assets. Recently, Nike was said to have received over 22 million dollars from Tiger Woods’ win at the 2019 PGA Masters solely because of the publicity of its trademark […]