What the Devil?

One of my favorite episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ was on the other night. It featured Lisa and her class having a diorama contest. Ralph Wiggum’s entry consisted of a cardboard box filled with mint-in-package Star Wars action figures from the 1970s. A fellow Star Wars nerd, Principal Skinner exclaimed, “Why it’s Luke and Obi-Wan, and […]

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The Importance of Trademark Infringement Searches

Many companies work very hard to develop a unique “brand” for their businesses through the prominent and consistent use of a business name, brand name, slogan, or logo that is easily identifiable as belonging to the company.  These words, phrases, or symbols are called trademarks, and they are very important because this is how consumers […]

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Lawsuit Over Being Too Nice?

A few weeks ago, I watched the movie ‘Enola Holmes,’ which is a mystery film based on the first in a series of books of the same name by Nancy Springer. The story stars Millie Bobby Brown as Enola, the teenage sister of the already-famous Sherlock Holmes, played by Henry Cavill. With the sleuthing skills […]

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Pure Evel

I am truly blessed to have the best sister ever. Ever since we were little, we’ve been very close. She graciously would agree to play with my Star Wars action figures with me. But in exchange, I would have to play Barbies with her. I wasn’t a huge fan of her Ken dolls, so I’d […]

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When Life Hands You Lemons

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Ander Christensen pleading with the Lincoln, Nebraska, City Council to pass an ordinance prohibiting boneless chicken wings from being referred to as boneless chicken wings. In his impassioned speech, he explained that the food in question contained no wings, so they should be referred to as nuggets […]

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What You Say Is What You Get – Or Is It? (Amending Your Trademark’s Goods/Services Description to Match Evolving Technology)

Previously, after going through the long – and many times complicated – process of registering your business’s trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), changing the description of the goods or services that are covered by your federal trademark registration is usually completely prohibited. The only option a business had when it […]

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Vicious Cycle

In 1998, Richard Simmons released the first of many “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” videos. The videos featured Simmons prancing around in front of a crowd doing exercises to classic songs like “Great Balls of Fire” and “It’s My Party.” I always liked Richard Simmons. While most exercise instructors catered to the already healthy, Simmons targeted […]

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Lawsuit, Woo!

When we were kids, my buddy, Pearl, and I used to watch National Wrestling Association matches every Saturday morning. We cheered on the good guys, like Kerry Von Erich, “Iceman” King Parsons and “Rock n’Roll” Buck Zumhofe. We would root against the heels, such as the Great Kabuki, King Kong Bundy and The Fabulous Freebirds. […]

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Get to Know Us: Kristy Christensen

Where do you live? Wrightstown, WI Where are you from? Denmark, WI My legal practice… Is varied, which keeps my work life interesting.  I have always been a litigator, and I still do a good amount of litigation, specializing in construction litigation and dispute resolution.  I also have an intellectual property practice, where I focus […]

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THE Copyright

I’m getting excited for the upcoming college football season. The Badgers are picked again to be in contention to win the Big Ten West, and Jonathan Taylor is getting Heisman buzz. From the Big Ten East, many writers are predicting Michigan to earn a spot in the conference title game. While Ohio State has been […]

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