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    June 26, 2012

    Lady Gaga Accused Of Bullying! She Defends Herself! Exclusive Story

    In came the email: "Lady Gaga (Ate My Heart, Inc /Stefani Germanotta) is a bully and suing the family business that owns the 12-year-old registered trademark brand Gaga Pure Platinum cosmetics because she can't get a federal trademark registration, after being blocked registration twice.

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    October 25, 2011

    Robert Maresca Tried to Trademark "Occupy Wall Street," Says He's Not a Jerk

    emilydickensonridesabmxThis is not one of Maresca's Occupy Wall Street shirts.​Robert Maresca has been the object of a certain amount of ridicule ever since it was revealed yesterday that he has applied for a trademark for the phrase "Occupy Wall Street." Initially published at The Smoking Gu ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Laurent Tourondel Owns the BLT (The Name, Not the Sandwich)

    The man, the brand​Who would have thought the acronym BLT would be so controversial? Really, can you really own the trademark to the ubiquitous sandwich? Apparently so. Crain's delves into the legal battle between chef Laurent Tourondel and his ex-business partner Jimmy Haber. The Frenchma ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    MTA Goes After East Village Artist for Painting on Used Metrocards [Updated]

    Some of the artist's work.​The big bad wolf is hungry. Or jealous? EV Grieve today alerted us to the matter of East Village artist VH McKenzie, who has been creating oil paintings on discarded Metrocards that she then sells on Etsy for $48 apiece. The MTA found out about this, and sent her the ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Q&A: The Slants' Simon Young on How His Band's Name Should Have the Same Legal Protection as The Name N.W.A.

    The Slants bill themselves as "Chinatown Dance Rock," which means they have no problem copping to the fact they sound like "the Asian version of the Killers." The Portland, Oregon-based group, who come to Union Hall next month, made news recently when they attempted to trademark their name, but th ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Lady Gaga Sues Over Baby Gaga Breast Milk Ice Cream

    ​That 'Baby Gaga' breast milk ice cream that some enterprising London restaurant started peddling last month? It turns out that those with gag reflexes aren't the only ones who disapprove.

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    March 2, 2011

    Julian Assange Doesn't Want to Trademark His Name, But He Must

    ​It's a nonstop job for WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange to defend themselves against the endless onslaught of biased journalists that may or may not be a part of a vast ("Jewish") conspiracy. After yesterday's battle with the British magazine Private Eye, over the level of Jewishness ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    The Huffington Post Trademarks the Letter "H"

    ​For journalists, it's worth wondering what kind of document request Gawker reporter John Cook used to figure out that Arianna Huffington and her recently really rich website The Huffington Post successfully trademarked two variations on the capital letter "H." Maybe Cook just got a wacky tip ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Forget Banh Mi Beefs. Introducing the Brooklyn Winery Wars.

    "Lucy! You got some 'splainin to do!"​ Remember good, ol' fashioned Brooklyn banh mi rivalries? Well, the borough has now graduated to winery wars. The Brooklyn Paper reported today that a squabble has broken out between two wineries in Brooklyn, but one of them now says the episode is a non-i ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Eddie Huang Trademarks the Chairman Bao Name

    Yesterday's pun may turn into tomorrow's lawsuit.​Back in May, Eddie Huang was none too pleased to learn that a new San Francisco food truck called the Chairman Bao had apparently appropriated the name of one of Huang's signature creations at Baohaus. Huang told us that he was planning to trav ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Judge Rules That City Owns Tavern on the Green Name

    Bridge and Tunnel ClubTavern on the Green in less fraught days.​Bad news for Tavern on the Green's 450-plus creditors: a federal judge ruled earlier today that the city, not the LeRoy family, owns the restaurant's name. The New York Times reports that Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum ruled that ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Christina Tosi Explains Why the Her Crack Pie Is Now Trademarked

    GlenwoodNYC.comEdible intellectual property. ​ Sometime during the past couple of months, new additions appeared on the Momofuku Milk Bar and Bakery menu: 'TM' symbols next to the cereal milk, compost cookie, and crack pie. Had someone been caught in the act of trying to copycat Christina Tosi ... More >>

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