Author: Danna Cotman

Intellectual Property Attorneys are constantly asked whether fashion is considered intellectual property, and can it be protected. First, fashion absolutely is considered intellectual property. Intellectual property is any creation of the mind including such things as inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, images, plays,...

Today, April 26, is World Intellectual Property Day, an annual event created by the World Intellectual Property Organization to celebrate the creativity and innovation in business that has developed with the support of patent, trademark, and copyright law. This year, WIPO has chosen to celebrate...

Can you trademark your name? The short answer is yes, you can trademark your name. However, there are certain requirements set forth in the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) that limit what names are trademarkable. According to the TEMP 1301.02(b), “personal names (actual names and pseudonyms)...

On February 12, 2018, Stone Brewing Co., LLC (“Stone”) filed suit against Molson Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors LLC (combined “MillerCoors”) alleging trademark infringement, false designation of origin, trademark dilution, unfair competition, unfair competition, and declaratory relief.1 Craft breweries have existed since the late 1970’s, but...

Founder and lead intellectual property attorney of ARC IP Law, Danna Cotman, was acknowledged in the Lawyers Club of San Diego’s January newsletter for her presentation at the 2017 Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) in Auckland, New Zealand. Along with presenting an overview of the...

Think your trademark protection lasts forever?  Think again! Successfully registering your mark isn’t the only thing you have to do to protect your mark. A vital step in the trademark process is between the fifth and sixth year following registration. You must file affidavits showing that...

2017 has been a year of big changes for the trademark world. The doors preventing scandalous and offensive marks from gaining registration have been torn off their hinges and no longer stand as a barrier to registration. As a result of two marks “The Slants”...