Thursday, September 29, 2016

Instagram seems ready to stop other wordmarks from including the word "gram"


Instagram seems to be quite aggressive in both the trademark and patent areas.  It blocks apps using the word “gram” or “Insta”.   It is acquiring patents for all its specialized filters. There’s a story in The Next Web by Bryan Clakr here.

It's also trying to stop other companies from using the word “gram” anywhere in a wordmark all around the world, at least in Europe.  It has run into contact with Flipagram.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

"Trump" used trademark law very much to his advantage


CNN’s biography of Donald Trump (Sept. 4) mentioned how Trump had licensed his “brand” to other companies to build hotels, condo buildings, financial education schools, and other services and produts in his name (I think there was an airline).

Trump bore none of the risk of these businesses but benefited from licensing the brand name, across what USPTO normally views as different lines of business.

Is this good for the economy?  It wouldn’t be good for another author whose last name happened to be “Trump”.