Intellectual Property News
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Into Trademark Infringement
IPNews® – On April 27, The Saul Zaentz Company filed a Notice of Opposition against Hu Congyan regarding a trademark application for “Smeagol.” Hu Congyan filed the trademark application in September 2020. If approved, Congyan would garner rights over the term “Smeagol” when used on various forms of apparel.
Robinhood Faces New Legal Troubles As Ice Cube Files a Lawsuit
IPNews® – In a lawsuit that was filed on March 31, Ice Cube has claimed that Robinhood, the popular the stock trading app, has misappropriated his image in marketing. The photograph sent out by the company featured the rapper along with the phrase “Correct yourself, before you wreck yourself.”
Nike Sues Lil Nas X Partner For Trademark Infringement Over “Satan Shoes”
IPNews® – Nike has sued MSCHF for trademark infringement over a new line of Satan Shoes. In cooperation with Lil Nas X, Satan Shoes are limited-edition, custom Nikes that are allegedly modified with a drop of human blood and embellished with a pentagram.
Muhammad Ali Enterprises Enters Trademark Bout Over ‘Float & Sting’ Trademark
IPNews® – Muhammad Ali Enterprises, LLC, tasked with controlling all the intellectual property and rights of publicity linked to the boxing legend, have entered the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ring over a trademark application for “Float & Sting.”
Tiger King’s Carole Baskins Faces New Trademark Infringement Battle
IPNews® – Carole Baskins of Tiger King fame filed a trademark opposition against a trademark application for “Hey All You Cool Cats and Kittens”. She claims to have used this tagline since at least 2017, but it became internationally recognized when she spoke those words on Netflix’s popular Tiger King show in 2020.