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Archive: July 2017

A Final Victory for Google: Verb Use Does Not Signify Trademark Genericide

Posted by Paul Sanders, JD Candidate 2018 on Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The Lanham Act states that a registered trademark can be canceled if it becomes a “generic name for the goods or services, or a portion thereof, for which it is registered.”[1] Trademark Genericide can be defined as the loss of trademark rights when a term enters common usage and consumers begin to denote a particular…

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Unbreakable First Amendment: SCOTUS Says No to the Disparagement Clause

Posted by Gina Chereck, J.D. Candidate 2018 on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Season 3 of the Netflix series, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” features a story arc about the Native American socialite, Jacqueline Voorhees, taking down the Washington Redskins.[1]  In the series, Voorhees and her boyfriend (a fictional Snyder) devise a plan to get the Redskins organization to change its name.[2]  While the series’ writers, the U.S. Patent and…

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