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Six One Nine Vodka 619 Beer: A Positive Negotiation

Six One Nine Vodka and 619 Beer Last July, I wrote about Anheuser-Busch InBev’s application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register 619 (a San Diego area code) as a trademark for beer, along with similar applications for thirteen other U.S. area codes. To date, A-B has not launched 619 Beer, and their trademark application is still classified as “Intent-to-Use.” Around the same time, a friend of mine, Nick Apostolopoulous, mentioned his intention to launch a San Diego-based vodka company using the name Six One Nine Vodka. I informed him about the A-B issue, and he expressed some…

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TOMS Shoes and BOBS Shoes

TOMS Shoes and BOBS Shoes One of my readers recently saw some shoes in a mall store that looked awfully familiar to TOMS shoes. Upon further inspection, these were BOBS shoes, made by Skechers. Who are TOM and BOB, and what’s the story with their similar lines of casual footwear?

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Is LMFAO an Immoral or Scandalous Trademark?

Is LMFAO NSFT (Not Safe For Trademarking)? Is LMFAO an Immoral or Scandalous Trademark? LMFAO is a Los Angeles-based dance-pop duo. You may know them from such timeless classics as “Sexy and I Know It” and “Sorry For Party Rocking.” In 2008, they applied to register several trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The applications were refused, among other reasons, because the marks were found to consist of “immoral or scandalous matter.” They have now re-applied – how do they plan to get around this issue?

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Nontraditional Trademarks: A Lawsuit Over YUUUP!®

Interesting news that might lead to a discussion of Nontraditional Trademarks: the New York Daily News is reporting that R&B singer Trey Songz is suing Dave Hester, star of the “Storage Wars” TV show, concerning Hester’s registered trademark and trademark applications. The trademark in question is YUUUP! – you read that right. Can that be protected as a trademark?

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