Sweet Trademark O’ Mine

Sweet Trademark O’ Mine

By Kallee M. Hooley University of Iowa College of Iowa Juris Doctor Candidate, 2024 As of 2021, there were 9,118 craft breweries located throughout the country — a number that has nearly doubled since 2015. With this rapid growth, it has become increasingly difficult for breweries to create unique names for their brands. Brewers must tread carefully to not infringe…

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Highway To The Copyright Zone

Highway to the Copyright Zone

By Monica Thompson Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctorate Candidate, 2024 The Ehud Yonay family is suing Paramount Pictures in California federal court for copyright infringement by the creation of Top Gun: Maverick. This sequel to the 1986 smash movie hit Top Gun has been breaking box office records but may end up owing big money to the…

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Don’t Make Us Cry

Don’t Make Us Cry

Not long ago, we heard from yet another small nonprofit art organization that lost its tax-exempt status. Why? No one remembered to file the organization’s IRS 990-N. Also known as the e-Postcard, the form is used by tax-exempt organizations whose annual  gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less. The form is very easy to complete and does not require an…

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“THE”: Ohio State University’s Improbable New Trademark

“THE”: Ohio State University’s Improbable New Trademark

By Sarah Horstmanshof Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2023 After a three-year battle with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), The Ohio State University has officially succeeded in securing a trademark registration for the word “THE”. The trademark registration itself protects specifically Ohio State’s athletic wear, such as t-shirts, baseball caps and other items…

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Going Once, Going Twice, Gone

Going Once, Going Twice, Gone

By Jackson R. Hughes Saint Louis University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2024 Going once, going twice, gone. The gavel banged as a European art collector won the bid for Banksy’s “Girl With a Red Balloon.” With everyone’s attention on the auctioneer it took a moment for the commotion in the gallery to be understood. The print began to…

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