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Justices: law on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name. The justices ruled that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights. Thoughts? CH

China awards Trump valuable new trademark

The government of China awarded U.S. President Donald Trump valuable rights to his own name this week, in the form of a 10-year trademark for construction services.

Sweden bans M&Ms in chocolate trademark dispute

A Swedish court has ordered candy maker Mars to stop selling M&Ms in the Scandinavian country, at least not with the customary lower-case letters it uses on the packaging and on the colorful chocolates.

Sticky lawsuit: $400M dispute lingers over Post-it inventor

Alan Amron has invented a battery-powered squirt gun, a digital photo frame, even a laser system that may someday provide a visible first-down line for fans inside NFL stadiums. He holds 40 U.S. patents, but he’s most interested in an invention for which he gets no credit: the Post-it Note, that ubiquitous sticky-back product made into a worldwide success by the 3M Company.

Great Harvest Bread sues Panera over trademark

One restaurant chain that made its name off fresh bakery products is suing another, alleging federal trademark infringement for use of what it calls a confusingly similar advertising slogan.

Judge: Redskins’ trademark must be canceled; team to appeal

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — For the first time in a legal battle that has stretched over 20 years, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins' trademark registration, ruling that the team name may be disparaging to Native Americans.

Gonzaga victorious in trademark suit

Gonzaga University won a legal victory this week against the owner of a shuttered downtown bar that had been illegally using the school's trademarks. U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko entered a permanent injunction Thursday barring Jamie Pendleton, owner of the Downtown Spokane Daiquiri Factory, from using the school’s trademarks in future promotions for the controversial bar. Suko had previously ruled that Pendleton violated federal trademark law when he used Gonzaga’s bulldog mascot and other university materials in promotions for the bar during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament last March. Pendleton argued that Gonzaga’s trademarks were not currently registered with the U.S. Patent Office, but Suko found that people might mistakenly believe Gonzaga had given Pendleton its blessing to use its mascot and logo.