September 2022

On a recent trip to Louisville, Kentucky I went to visit the Louisville Slugger bat company's museum and factory. I was expecting to learn a lot about baseball - I was not expecting to learn a lot about trademarks! But this brand provided quite a few insights about trademarks:

  • the company goes by the name of Hillerich & Brasby Co. (a business name does not need to be the same as a brand name)
  • the brand is very carefully managed, with specifications for which logos are placed on different types bats, and where and how they are placed
  • they obtain written permission from players under contract to use their name (including the original signed consent from Babe Ruth to use and register his name for use with baseball bats!)

In short, Louisville Slugger recognizes the importance and value of brand protection and management, and it was refreshing and informative to see trademarks an integral part of their museum tour. Click on the image below (or here) for my very short video!

Erik's 5-star rated book Building a Bold Brand will soon be out on video! We can't wait to share this incredible resource in a new format with you. Stay tuned!

3 Different Ways to Overcome a Likelihood of Confusion Trademark Refusal from the USPTO

Arguments, consents, and cancellations are the potential ways to overcome a likelihood of confusion for a trademark application. Learn more about them and different office action response scenarios here.

Pickleball: A Boom in Trademark Filings

The game of pickleball has become the fastest growing sport in the US, and trademark filings at the USPTO are proof of that. Businesses recognize that the trademark records of the USPTO really are a microcosm of the overall economy and a great source of research and knowledge. Find out more here.

We had a great time this past month filming lots of new content for you—here's a sneak peek of our attorneys sharing their knowledge and insights on all things IP. Stay tuned and get to know our team!

If there are any topics or issues you would like to see covered here, let us know!
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