Posts made in August, 2014

Never a Dull Moment in the Business of IP – Summer Roundup and Look Ahead

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014

With Labor Day quickly approaching, and Back-to-Work and Back-to-School mentality haunting many of our minds, it’s a good time to reflect on what’s transpired in the IP world so far this year. From the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) revoking the Redskins’ registered trademark, to Aereo taking a hit in the U.S. Supreme Court over copyright in the clouds, the courts have had their hands full with intellectual property issues this year, and given the ever-changing landscapes we face business and technology wise, it doesn’t look like this will change anytime soon. One particular story that caught the attention of legal professionals and...

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Protecting “Pig Sooie” & Distinctive Sounds Through Trademark

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014

Earlier this summer, the University of Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks, secured trademark protection for its “Calling the Hogs” chant. Football and basketball fans may recognize the familiar “woo pig sooie!” cheer, which was granted trademark protection by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Registration Number 4558864: “The Mark consists of a sound. The Mark consists of a crowd cheering the following words “WOOOOOOOO. PIG. SOOIE!  WOOOOOOOO. PIG. SOOIE! WOOOOOOOO. PIG. SOOIE! RAZORBACKS!” This registration was unique in that the University gained protection for the sound of the call, and not the words or...

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