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Friday Factoid – 10.19.12

October 19, 2012

During the first three quarters of 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office received 309,554 trademark applications (76% of…

Friday Factoid – 10.12.12

October 12, 2012

Coca-Cola remains the world’s most valuable brand, which Interbrand valued in 2012 at $77.8 billion.  Apple’s global brand value in…

Friday Factoid – 10.5.12

October 5, 2012

In 1905, 11 year old Frank Epperson left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick in a…

Friday Factoid – 9.28.12

September 28, 2012

Although V.C. Andrews is credited with having written dozens of Gothic fiction novels, the vast majority of these works were…

Friday Factoid – 9.21.12

September 21, 2012

Trademark owners who use brands in a multi-lingual environment should research the meaning of direct translations.  As two examples, “Jolly…

Friday Factoid – 9.14.12

September 14, 2012

Although trademarks traditionally consist of words, logos or graphical designs, one may also register a trademark that identifies a unique…

Friday Factoid – 9.7.12

September 7, 2012

The owners of trademark registrations for zipper, aspirin, escalator, granola, yo-yo, linoleum and other famous marks lost their proprietary rights…

Friday Factoid – 8.31.12

August 31, 2012

It is estimated that George Foreman has earned over $200 million by lending his name to a grill, a sum…

Friday Factoid – 8.24.12

August 24, 2012

The cost of one product adulteration or counterfeiting incident averages between 2 and 15 percent of yearly revenues, depending on…

The Weekly Scenario from Steve Shane – 8.14.12

August 14, 2012

I get questioned more and more about what same sex couples can do in terms of their estate planning.  I…