Entrepreneurship

Frivolous Trademarks Parody

On Fighting Frivolous Trademarks, Part 6: USPTO Issues and Efforts

The USPTO system is biased in favor of faulty registrations for print-on-demand. One big factor is the limited case law available to examiners.

Frivolous Trademarks Parody

On Fighting Frivolous Trademarks, Part 5d: Life Is Good Lawsuits

This post uses the LIFE IS GOOD trademark as a case study to demonstrate how myopic refusals unintentionally strengthen weak trademarks.

Frivolous Trademarks Parody

On Fighting Frivolous Trademarks, Part 5c: USPTO Started It

This post explains how USPTO helps creatives register questionable trademarks by teaching them how to overcome an ornamental refusal.

Frivolous Trademarks Parody

On Fighting Frivolous Trademarks, Part 5b: Ornamental Refusals and Red Oceans

This post explains how savvy creatives and trademark attorneys easily overcome an ornamental refusal for questionable trademark applications.

Frivolous Trademarks Parody

On Fighting Frivolous Trademarks, Part 4b: How Amazon Drives Frivolous Trademarks

This post explains how Amazon’s IP policies, unlimited brand names, and brand registry program all motivate creatives to apply for frivolous trademarks.

Frivolous Trademarks Parody

On Fighting Frivolous Trademarks, Part 1b: Introduction

In this post, you’ll learn why a homeschool mom of six got involved in the fight against frivolous trademarks. Stopping them will take more than protests.

Frivolous Trademarks Parody

On Fighting Frivolous Trademarks, Part 10a: The Halo Effect

TTAB and GIRLBOSS are paving the way for faulty trademark registrations. No, they’re widening a roadway that was paved in New York. How? The Halo Effect.

Frivolous Trademarks Parody

On Fighting Frivolous Trademarks, Part 9a: Letter of Protest Problems

Here’s a trademark Letter of Protest example that illustrates some of the challenges examining attorneys face in issuing valid trademarks.

Frivolous Trademarks Parody

On Fighting Frivolous Trademarks, Part 8a: Letter of Protest Loopholes

Why so many frivolous trademarks? The hands of USPTO’s examining attorneys are tied by loopholes, fuzzy language, and overly-strict protest rules.

Frivolous Trademarks Parody

On Fighting Frivolous Trademarks, Part 7: Letters of Protest Challenges and Results

The Letter of Protest is an imperfect, much-maligned, yet incredibly useful tool to promote quality registrations. Here’s proof it works.