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Fear The…Trademark Dispute?

While the Milwaukee Bucks were unable to beat the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Playoffs this year, the team will not have an easy off-season. Instead, the Bucks will be actively defending against a trademark opposition claim filed by the makers of Jägermeister liqueur. Jägermeister alleges, among other things, that the new Bucks logo is.

Kinnel “Up and Coming” Lawyer

FOS shareholder Laurna Kinnel was honored as a 2015 Up and Coming Lawyer by the Wisconsin Law Journal at a September 30, 2015 dinner at the Harley-Davidson Museum. The publication’s profile of Laurna can be accessed by clicking the following link: Kinnel-Up-and-Coming. A video interview of Laurna can be viewed by clicking the following link:  WLJ.

Businesses Can Be Scammed Too

Recently, a client contacted me and asked whether his company should pay an invoice that appeared to be from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). FOS had recently submitted a trademark application for this client. The top of the invoice stated “Important Notification Regarding Your Federal Trademark.” The invoice was from the “Trademark Compliance.

When imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery

What do Ozzy Osbourne, Clint Eastwood and Mario Batali have in common? No, it’s not the start of a bad joke. Each has been in the papers recently because of efforts they’ve taken to police against potential infringement of their trademark rights. In Ozzy Osbourne’s case, he is trying to stop a brewery in Maryland.

“Risky business” – Riskier than you think

Does your shoe company use a fluoroscopic shoe-fitting machine? Are you in the business of selling artificially-colored ducklings or rabbits? Believe it or not, you may be committing a crime under Wisconsin law. Didn’t know you were committing a crime? In the words of Aristotle, “nemo censetur ignorare legem,” nobody is thought to be ignorant.