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 →

What and Where is “Happy Valley?” The Latest in a Line of Collegiate Trademark Disputes

Pennsylvania State University could be making life harder for businesses nationwide that use the words “Happy Valley.”  On December 4th, 2018, Penn State filed a trademark application for “Happy Valley.”  Why, you may ask?  “Happy Valley” is generally used by locals to describe the area where Penn State is located.  In seeking this trademark, Penn... Continue Reading →

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