Entertainment Law

It’s been in the works for some time now, but the NHL’s new Las Vegas franchise finally revealed its team name: Golden Knights. NHL.com noted majority owner Bill Foley unveiled the nickname at the Toshiba Plaza in Vegas on Nov. 22.  Originally, the team was supposed to unveil its [...]

Business Law

What makes for a disparaging trademark? Disparaging band names may turn off potential listeners and dissuade retailers and online marketplaces from carrying albums, but when it comes to who may reject the group, the buck stops with the government. The ruling on the Washington Redskins’ [...]

Entertainment Law

The NFL’s Washington Redskins recently had a taste of how fragile a trademark can be, especially if there are grounds for cancellation. The team will likely appeal the decision, but questions arise: Can they win? When and why are federal judges allowed to cancel offensive trademarks? [...]

Entertainment Law

Trademarks cannot be used without consent and using a logo without permission of the owner is not possible – most of the time. The legal world has been abuzz following HBO’s decision to use intellectual property owned by NFL teams without the league’s consent, but it turns [...]

Entertainment Law

I came across a particularly interesting case today involving the makers of the films “Lovelace” and “Deep Throat.” Not only did the Lovelace vs Deep Throat case require an octogenarian U.S. federal judge to sit through over a full hour of pornography, it also served to [...]

Sports Law

Many athletes have high recognizable names. For this reason, these people might want to consider trademarking their names to ensure that nobody else can profit from their likeness. How does one go about completing this process? And, is it even possible? The short answer is yes, you can trademark [...]