Articles by: Randy Michels

North Coast Brewing Sues Corsair Over Old Rasputin Trademark

The legendary Rasputin is synonymous with a variety of immoral and evil practices. You wouldn’t normally build a brand around a guy known as the “Mad Monk,” but that didn’t stop North Coast Brewing from naming a beer after him or Corsair Artisan Distillery from naming a whiskey after him. North Coast Brewing’s Old Rasputin beer is supposedly […]

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State of Tennessee Concedes Defeat Over Logo Flap

Last week, I reported on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s rejection of the federal trademark application for the State of Tennessee’s boring new logo. Essentially, the USPTO found that the logo was too weak to have any trademark significance. And the State of Tennessee apparently agrees. This week, the […]

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How To Avoid A Trademark “Party Fowl”

Nashville is famous for being the home of country music, but it’s developing quite a reputation as a culinary hot spot. This has helped raise the profile of one of Nashville’s signature dishes: hot chicken. The origins of hot chicken can be traced to Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Thornton Price […]

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Harlem Globetrotters Show Off Trademark Tricks

College basketball’s best talent was on display in the recently concluded NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. Long before the NCAA tournament became the preeminent showcase for young basketball players, the country’s best talent was found on the Harlem Globetrotters. The Harlem Globetrotters began in 1926 as the Savoy Big Five. […]

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