One of the most cherished aspects of Italian culture is the dolce far niente, the art of doing nothing.
It is those celebrated moments of smiles and laughter exchange over lingering cups of espress… Continue Reading »
Recently, Barbara A. Piazza and I had the opportunity to meet with Rebecca Christie, the proprietor of “Savory Sips,” an exclusive wine store located in the heart of Lewiston, New York.
Dur… Continue Reading »
The ACPA did not not provide a cause of action for contributory cybersquatting. The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled December 4, 2013 on the matter. The court affirmed a district court's grant of summary… Continue Reading »
Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey has recently taken to the courts to defend their trademark rights. Jack Daniels believes an independent brewer selling “Popcorn Sutton’s White Whiskey”, has infrin… Continue Reading »
Imagine this: You have finally achieved your life-long goal of fermenting, bottling, and producing your own wine. You have received your COLA (Certificate of Federal Authority) from the Federal Govern… Continue Reading »
This morning I went down to the studios of WBFO 88.7 radio station to record the next installment of the You & the Law radio series.
This program is featured on NPR's "All Things Considered"… Continue Reading »
Trademark law is a staple of any intellectual property attorney’s practice, and should be a topic most independent inventors or business owners are at least familiar with. It is highly likely theref… Continue Reading »
It seems to me that a description of a characteristic of the wine that is commonly used to describe wine that is “ready to drink” should not be protectable by trademark registration.
Even thoug… Continue Reading »
I am looking forward to taking a ride to wine trail country in Geneva, New York to talk about trademarks.
Buffalo trademark attorney Barbara Piazza and I are scheduled to present a complementary… Continue Reading »
Registering a trademark can be vital to competing in the competition laden world of wine making. In fact, trademarks expand well beyond the wine industry into the alcohol industry as a whole.
B… Continue Reading »
The latest turn in wine-related trademark law comes from the recent Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision of In re AOP LLC.
In this case, the TTAB rejected AOP LLC 's (the applicant) att… Continue Reading »
Licensing out Intellectual property can turn into a bit of a headache for even the most experienced patent attorney, let alone an independent inventor.
Richard Raysman, Seth Ostrow, Kenneth Adler a… Continue Reading »
The Australian company Casella Wines, the winemaker of the popular wine Yellowtail® filed a trademark application for . Yes that’s what they did, they applied for the trademark registration for j… Continue Reading »
Last night we continued on the wine trail and visited Niagara Falls Ontario Canada convention center for the Niagara Food & Wine Expo. Attorney Barbara Piazza and her spouse and my wife and I had … Continue Reading »
Ordinarily you hear news about purses bearing counterfeit trademarks being passed off as original. But intellectual property isn’t the only thing has been counterfeited recently. Of the more celebra… Continue Reading »
Protect your wine and label before the glasses are filled and put on the table.
Throughout the history of our civilization wine has been associated with rituals and regions across the globe.
The… Continue Reading »
I just put my most recent Ask the Patent Attorney video up on YouTube about what makes a strong trademark. When choosing a trademark a major factor to consider is distinctiveness.
In the vi… Continue Reading »
As a trademark attorney in Buffalo, New York I pay particular attention as to how trademarks are used in advertisements and news articles.
Today I spotted the trademark for the National Buffalo W… Continue Reading »
Recently the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a warning to all trademark applicants regarding “Non-USPTO Solicitations that Resemble Official USPTO Communications.”
The … Continue Reading »
A synthetic cannabis called Cush produced by "Sky Hi Blends" in Arizona is now sold at some delis and convenience stores in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo city officials want it off the shelves.
The … Continue Reading »
One of the things I enjoy about law blogging is my opportunity to interview thought leaders in the intellectual property arena. Recently I had the opportunity to be introduced to Brian Wagner who is a… Continue Reading »
I am a Buffalo attorney who focuses on intellectual property law and I rarely get an opportunity to discuss fashion branding with other intellectual property attorneys.
However recently I needed to… Continue Reading »
The 2011 National Trademark Expo will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, October 14th, and Saturday, October 15th.
The … Continue Reading »
When starting a new business one of the first things that needs to be done is to create a brand. Branding establishes the first impression that your target audience has of your business. Existing busi… Continue Reading »