Monthly Archive: July 2010

A recent ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) serves as a good reminder of the importance of ensuring proper and sufficient trademark use on the goods and services for which a registration is sought. Albeit a seemingly simple concept, it threatens to be the achilles heel for many trademark owners who find …

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The FTC and Nestle have come to an agreement: Nestle will stop making health claims about its BOOST probiotic product, and the FTC won’t fine the company for false advertising. Nestle had previously claimed in its BOOST advertising, that the nutrition drink would boost children’s immune systems, prevent illness, and even speed up the recovery …

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Last week, according to the Promotions Marketing Association, state legislators in North Carolina ratified House Bill 80, which bans the “use of electronic machines and devices for sweepstakes purposes.” The bill is intended to fully foreclose the use of video poker machines (and other gambling machines); the language contained in previously passed legislation presented a …

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Nothing says “economic depression” so much as when scam artists run con-games on the weakest citizens: the infirm, the old, and now, unemployed students and recent graduates without money. The FTC issued a release last week, suggesting confidence games against unemployed students are back in vogue, in the form of “secret shopper” scams. Sites, similar …

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Just when he thought it was safe to go back in the water (or the boxing ring as the case may be), it appears that Mike Tyson’s legal troubles continue to fight on. The latest contender is Michael Wayne Landrum, a former boxer (turned paralegal according to his complaint) who probably wouldn’t last long in …

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The song “Down Under” by the band “Men at Work” has been hugely popular since the early 1980s, even becoming the unofficial anthem of Australia (it was played during the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics). The whimsical lyrics affectionately celebrate Australian culture, “where women glow, and men plunder.” The song also features a famous …

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