The Unique Law Governing Olympic Trademarks

While it is common for sports leagues and organizations to be protective of their trademarks, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has unique trademark rights over various Olympic-related trademarks that no other American organization has. The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo in just over a year from now.  In preparation for the... Continue Reading →

What Happened in Vegas Should Stay in Vegas: How the New Seattle NHL Franchise Can Avoid Another “Golden Knights” Trademark Controversy

The new Seattle NHL Franchise will be settling upon a name in the not-so-distant future, though they will have to be sure to avoid the trademark issues that affected the Vegas Golden Knights. On December 4th, 2018, the National Hockey League (NHL) awarded the City of Seattle an expansion team to the delight of Seattle... Continue Reading →

Patagonia v. Anheuser-Busch: A Trademark Dispute Over “Patagonia” is Brewing

Outdoor apparel company Patagonia has sued Anheuser-Busch, Budweiser’s parent company, for trademark infringement over a beer line using the same name. This week, outdoor apparel company Patagonia filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch InBev, Budweiser’s parent company.  Their lawsuit claims that the beer company’s Patagonia beer infringes its trademark in “Patagonia.”  In addition, Patagonia alleges that... Continue Reading →

To Game, or Not to Game: The Legalization of Esports Tournaments in Maryland

Maryland is taking steps to legalize prize-based esports tournaments. As professional video game tournaments (esports) continue to rise in popularity, the law needs to catch up to accommodate this new form of entertainment.  Endorsements, intellectual property, contracts, and esports betting are among the top concerns facing esports players today.  Yet, there are still states where... Continue Reading →

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