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Can Tattoos Be Copyrighted?

Mike Tyson is known  for many things, from boxing to ear biting. He has also made many movie and TV cameo appearances, and is well known for having a Maori-inspired tattoo covering the left side of his face. S. Victor Whitmill, the creator of the tattoo, has never had a problem with Mike Tyson making appearances in movies and TV shows with the tattoo, including The Hangover, but when the producers of The Hangover Part II attempted to duplicate that tattoo on Ed Helms’ face for the movie, Whitmill sued Warner Brothers for copyright infringement. The case ultimately settled before…

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Holiday Trademarks: Happy New Year!

Welcome to another edition in my series on Holiday Trademarks. Follow the links for my previous blog posts on Thanksgiving Trademarks, Winter Holiday Trademarks Part 1, and Winter Holiday Trademarks Part 2. As 2011 comes to a close, I thought I’d finish out the year and look forward to 2012 with a look at New Year’s Trademarks.

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Holiday Trademarks: Winter Edition Part 2

Welcome to Holiday Trademarks: Winter Edition Part 2. You may be surprised to know that it follows Part 1. Here are a few more marks related to a variety of Winter celebrations… HAPPY HANUKKAH SHALOM: Candy bars MENORAH MATE: Printed guides for Jewish prayer HAPPY KWANZAA: Retail grocery stores THE CHRISTMAS TREE COMPANY: Wholesale and Retail Stores THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE: Educational and Entertainment Services

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Holiday Trademarks: Winter Edition Part 1

Following in the tradition of my post on Thanksgiving trademarks, I’m going to use the next couple of posts to provide a little bit of info about trademarks related to the Winter holidays. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to get back to the more complicated legal mumbo-jumbo in a few short weeks. For now… As my faithful readers know, you generally need permission to register someone’s name as a trademark. However, in 2000, the US Government made a statement (through the US Patent and Trademark Office) that they do not believe Santa Claus is real, so it was unnecessary for…

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