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