Trademarks

Los Angeles artist Erik Brunetti, the founder of the streetwear clothing company "FUCT," poses for a photo in Los Angeles Thursday, April, 11, 2019. “We wanted the viewer to question it: Like, is that pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced?” he said of his streetwear brand “FUCT,” which began selling clothing in 1991. On April 15, the Supreme Court will hear Brunetti’s challenge to a part of federal law that says officials should refuse to register trademarks that are “scandalous” or “immoral.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
April 15, 2019 - 11:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — None of the Supreme Court's justices wanted to say the four-letter word. The high court was discussing a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand "FUCT." But the justices did some verbal gymnastics to get through about an hour of arguments without saying...
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Los Angeles artist Erik Brunetti, the founder of the streetwear clothing company "FUCT," poses for a photo in Los Angeles Thursday, April, 11, 2019. “We wanted the viewer to question it: Like, is that pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced?” he said of his streetwear brand “FUCT,” which began selling clothing in 1991. On April 15, the Supreme Court will hear Brunetti’s challenge to a part of federal law that says officials should refuse to register trademarks that are “scandalous” or “immoral.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
April 13, 2019 - 4:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Erik Brunetti's four-letter fashion brand starts with an "F'' and rhymes with "duct." The federal government calls it "scandalous" and "immoral" and has refused to register the trademark. Brunetti has a different word for his brand and designs: "thought-provoking." "We wanted the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2008 file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, at podium, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles with the trademarked Mongols logo seen on a motorcycle at right. A California federal judge has refused to order the Mongols motorcycle gang to forfeit its trademarked logo, delivering a blow to prosecutors. U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter said Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, that such an order would have been unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)
February 28, 2019 - 6:24 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge delivered a blow Thursday to a decade-long effort by federal prosecutors to strip the Mongols motorcycle gang of its trademarked logo, ruling such a move would be unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter in Santa Ana nullified a first-of-its-...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, a document from the website of China's Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce showing provisional approval of a trademark for Ivanka Trump Marks LLC is seen on a computer screen in Beijing. China has greenlighted five more Ivanka Trump trademarks as trade talks with her father’s administration intensify. They cover a range from wedding dresses to insurance and art valuation services. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
January 21, 2019 - 9:05 pm
SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father's administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China. Four trademarks, including child care centers, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien, right, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles about the arrest of several Mongol motorcycle gang members in six states as a vest with the Mongols logo displayed. Federal prosecutors say a California jury has decided the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo. Jurors in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana on Friday, Jan. 11, 2018, found that the government could seize control of the group's trademark. The jury previously found the Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a Mongol warrior on a chopper, guilty of racketeering and conspiracy. (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)
January 11, 2019 - 4:36 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California jury decided Friday that the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind verdict, federal prosecutors said. The jury in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana previously found Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a...
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In this Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, crime scene tape meant to define boundaries for protesters is strung in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower during a rally against President Donald Trump's visit to New York City. Many believed that the presidency would be a boon to Donald Trump's business, but two years since he took office there is mounting evidence that president's divisive comments, that are so attractive to his political base, have actually hurt the Trump brand. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
December 23, 2018 - 11:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When workers pried the Trump name off another Manhattan building earlier this year, it capped a bad few weeks for the president's businesses. Donald Trump's golf resorts in Scotland had just posted millions of dollars in losses, one of his hotels in Panama had rebranded itself a...
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September 05, 2018 - 9:45 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince's estate is suing what it says it a European piracy network that is selling his music around the world, including his final concert. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Minnesota last week alleges that defendants in France, Belgium and the Netherlands are selling...
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A Kitkat chocolate snack is photographed Wednesday July 25, 2018, in Rugby, England, after the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that the four-fingered shape of the KitKat chocolate bar is not distinctive enough to be trademarked. KitKat maker Nestle, has been trying since 2002 to establish a European trademark for the snack. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
July 25, 2018 - 10:33 am
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — KitKat is not getting its break. The maker of the chocolate bar has for 16 years tried to trademark its four-finger shape in the European Union, arguing it is a distinctive feature that deserves protection. Like Toblerone's pyramid blocks, which are trademarked. But a...
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FILE - In a Thursday, July 19, 2018 file photo, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, applauds during a signing ceremony where President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that establishes a National Council for the American Worker in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. Ivanka Trump’s clothing company is shutting down and all its employees are being laid off, according to news reports. The New York Post is reporting that its sources say the company “will be shuttered ‘ASAP’ and that staff have been informed that they’re being laid off.”(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 24, 2018 - 8:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ivanka Trump is shutting down her fashion line of dresses, shoes and handbags that became a target of political boycotts and spurred concerns about conflicts of interest after her father was elected. The president's daughter said in a statement she made the decision so she could...
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