Archive for November 2012

Bowie & Jensen To Hold Its Next Monthly Seminar on December 14, 2012

Bowie & Jensen’s next “Empowering Business to Succeed” monthly seminar will be “Small Claims Court: Handling a Case for Your Company.”  The seminar will focus on the process of small claims court, including bringing forth and defending claims.  This seminar will assist business owners in dealing with past due account receivables.  This free seminar is…

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Apple Denied Trademark on iTunes Icon Due to MySpace Trademark

In a recent ruling, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Apple a trademark on its iTunes musical note icon.  Trademark judges said that consumers might confuse the orange Apple icon with MySpace’s previously registered orange musical note trademark in connection with music services.  Despite Apple’s argument…

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Changes to Maryland's Minority Business Enterprises Program

In 2012, the Maryland General Assembly extended the MBE Program for 4 more years and included several key components to the existing law.  The extended MBE Program in Maryland took effect on October 1, 2012. One of the major changes allows for an increase in flexibility related to the overall aspirational statewide MBE goal by…

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Recent Federal Trademark Decision Has Famous Fashion Company Seeing Red

A recent federal appeals court case demonstrates that trademarks can go well beyond symbols, designs and words.  Even a single color can qualify for federal trademark protection.  The case involved a lawsuit by a high-end women’s shoe company, Louboutin, against the venerable French fashion company, Yves Saint Laurent (YSL).  Louboutin’s expensive high heeled shoes feature…

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