Costco’s “Tiff” gets Costly

According to Tiffany & Co., imitation is NOT the sincerest form of flattery!

A federal jury ruled Thursday that Costco Wholesale Corp. should pay $5.5 million to Tiffany & Co. for violating the iconic jeweler's trademark through the sale of diamond engagement rings labeled "Tiffany.”  The $5.5 million far surpasses the $781,000 that Costco has argued should be the maximum it owes, which the retailer says it based on some 2,500 rings that the court ruled infringed on the trademark name.

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Redskins Offensive Trademark


A federal appeals court has postponed hearing arguments as to whether the trademark REDSKINS is offensive.
Both the team and the federal government agreed the case should be put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court decides another trademark case that raises the same basic issues. The team is challenging a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the trademark for the name "Redskins" on the grounds that it is offensive.

“The Slants” Trademark Case Heard by Supreme Court

"The Slants" had their trademark challenged as disparaging and took it to the Supreme Court.

Asian American Simon Tam is battling the federal government over his band’s trademark, under a federal law that forbids the registration of "disparaging" marks.  The Slants first tried to register their band name in 2011, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) refused the trademark application for "The Slants" as being offensive to

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