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Now That’s Offensive! In Wake of Tam Ruling, Applicants Rush to Offend

June 30th, 2017 by

On June 19, 2017, Justice Samuel Alito delivered the Court’s opinion in Matal v. Tam, an 8-0 decision holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act unconstitutionally limits free speech. Before the ink on the ruling was dry, several trademark applicants filed for marks that would have likely been found disparaging or offensive only

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Influencer Marketing and the Future of Advertising- Social Media Platforms Respond

June 26th, 2017 by

The FTC, in an attempt to keep up with the ever-changing nature of social media, put forth a series of “educational” letters concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. The letters were in part sparked by questions regarding “influencer marketing.” Influencer marketing, which is where social media influencers create content to engage followers

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Cahill IP, PLLC Named as a Top Intellectual Property Firm in Louisville

May 30th, 2017 by

Following its first year in the Louisville legal community, Cahill IP, PLLC has ranked as Louisville’s 6th largest Intellectual Property Law Firm, and the 4th largest firm for federal trademark filings, in Louisville Business First’s annual ranking. While Cahill IP is a boutique firm, it ranked ahead of several of Louisville’s largest law firms for

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Becomes First Kentucky Firm to Qualify for National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Membership

May 25th, 2017 by

Media Contact: Christy Burke, Burke & Company Phone: 917-623-5096 Email: [email protected] Cahill IP, PLLC Becomes First Kentucky Firm to Qualify for National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Membership Louisville, KY – May 24, 2017 — Cahill IP, PLLC, an intellectual property (IP) law firm based in Louisville, is the first-ever Kentucky

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The FTC Sends Further Warning Directed to the use of Instagram Influencers

April 26th, 2017 by

There has been a lot of attention in April on the Federal Trade Commission’s warning letters directed to ninety separate advertisers identifying inadequate or omitted disclosures in “influencer advertising” on Instagram. As with any advertisement that incorporates a product “endorsement” advertisers must disclose material relationships between those providing the endorsement and the advertiser. This FTC

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Michelle Browning Coughlin Talks About Being a Parent and Practicing Law

March 31st, 2017 by

In this podcast from the Lawyerist,  Cahill IP attorney Michelle Browning Coughlin, who is also the founder of MothersEsquire, talks about how being a parent—especially a mom—can make it harder to practice law, and what firms can do to be more parent-friendly, from paid paternity leave and flexible working arrangements to breastfeeding accommodations and playing

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What is Online Behavioral Advertising? Or “Why is that shoe advertisement following me?”

March 30th, 2017 by

Have you been wondering why once you have browsed for new refrigerators online, you are served up an advertisement for refrigerators on every site you visit, even on non-appliance websites? The explanation is the proliferation of Online Behavioral Advertising or OBA. OBA is defined as “tracking a consumer across time or across sites for purposes of

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Trump® and Trademarks

March 15th, 2017 by
TRUMP Trademark

Donald Trump has filed to register TRUMP as a trademark in connection with a variety of goods and services. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows over thirty active federal registrations for TRUMP owned by the President’s related company DTTM Operations, LLC based in New York.

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Digital Branding Question: Can Computer Icons Be Trademarks?

February 28th, 2017 by

I have written here about middle-age eyesight and the ability to use emjois with confidence. Maybe the same frailty colors my perception of icons on computer screens that I occasionally find confusingly similar. Do you ever go to open you Google Chrome Browser: And accidentally click the Windows icon: Is it just me, or do

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“Likelihood of Confusion” about Children’s Health: When a Small Difference in Trademarks Can make a Big Difference

February 17th, 2017 by

If you are a parent, like I am, you are very likely familiar with the American Academy of Pediatrics. Formed in 1930 to address pediatric standards, it has grown to approximately 64,000 pediatricians throughout the United States. The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes position papers, based on scientific research, along with other books and magazines

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