• Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Josh Hamilton, Angel in the Outfield, Lets Go of "Play Hard, Pray Harder" Slogan to Settle Suit

    Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton just prayed away rights to the slogan "Play Hard, Pray Harder." That is, the author of Beyond Belief, his autobiography that details trading drugs and alcohol for Jesus, has settled a lawsuit brought by a Dallas-based entity over trademark rights to the slogan the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Wine Company Trying to Trademark Term 'Taco Truck'

    ​Today is something called National Taco Day, which is a total bullshit holiday made up in 2000 by Chuy's in Austin. It started as a marketing ploy, and Chuy's actually filed a trademark application for it, but it let its rights to the term slip, meaning hundreds of lazy bloggers and reporters can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    German Liquor Maker Can Now Legally Call their Drink "Fuck Schnapps"

    ​In a cheap media ploy that obviously worked, a German liquor company applied for a trademark for a brand of schnapps they wanted to call "Fuck." Their initial efforts were stymied by authorities--but now, a German high court has ruled in their favor in the most important free-speech battle since ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 28, 2011


    Cerritos Center

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    Volcom Sues Jay-Z

    [Mental Notes] More important, what's going on for Record Store Day in OC?

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Petition Filed with US Patent Office to Cancel "Urban Homestead" Trademark Held by Dingbat Dervaes Family

    The Ma and Pa Kettle of the legal world?​Remember that humongous controversy earlier this year when a weirdo Pasadena family not only successfully got a trademark for the term "urban homesteading" (used in American English for decades), but began sending threatening legal letters to entities who u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Battle for the Diamond: Surf Brand Volcom Sues Jay-Z Over Trademark Infringement

    Jay-Z may need to find a new shape.​De Beers lied to us. A diamond is not forever. Jay-Z has been throwing around that diamond hand signal for a few years now and using it as the logo for his music company, but a Costa Mesa surf brand is taking legal action to get its diamond back.Volcom is suing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    [UPDATED] Pasadena's Dervaes Family Trademarks the Terms 'Urban Homestead' and 'Urban Homesteading,' Now Cracking Down on Bloggers

    This guy just gave a talk in Orange County. . . . Better change the title of that book, son!​UPDATED, 10:50 P.M. Those dingbat Dervaeses won't give up. Rather than take their licking and apologize to the authors, bloggers, and libraries who dared use the term "urban homestead" or "urban homeste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2009

    Baja Fresh in Irvine Doing "Baja Kogi"

    My friend Christian over at OC Mex Food just discovered that a Baja Fresh in Irvine has started serving "Baja Kogi" tacos. My initial reaction was one of disbelief. But Christian has the pictures to prove it.  Mmm, smells like trademark infringement.

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008



  • Blogs

    September 28, 2007

    Most boring drink ever?

    It's always tedious to hear health-freaks go on and on about the benefits of this or that special shake. But now there's a drink that gets right to the point, putting you to sleep all by itself. (I thought such a thing already existed, and was called "whiskey." The things you learn in this job...) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2006

    Su®f City

    Because nothing evokes the true spirit of surfing like the smell of lawyers and advertising executives in the morning, we can all rejoice at the news that Huntington Beach is now officially "Surf City USA", in the very real and legally binding sense of those words. According to the L.A. Times, "[The ... More >>