Getting Sloshed: A Controversy About “Controversy”

Whining About Wine The Winestore is a wine retailer based in North Carolina. And all it wants (for purposes of this discussion) is to sell a California cabernet sauvignon called OVERBROOK. The Winestore doesn’t make the wine, of course, but it appears that it’s the...

The Ugly Truth About Protecting Designs in the U.S.

What an Antitrust Case Can Teach Us About Design When I was in law school in the late 1990’s, it was an article of faith that the U.S. didn’t protect industrial design, but Europe did, and that’s why Europeans were so much better at it than Americans. Think, for...

Startups, Keep Your Trademark Registrations Fresh

How Some Crummy T-Shirts & a College You Probably Never Heard of Might Inform Your Trademark Strategy Let’s say you started your company up several years ago. You called it BLERGLE. Back then, your company was a software development shop. Because you’re you, you...