High Hopes for Cannabis in Illinois

With recreational marijuana on the cusp of legalization, businesses across Illinois could see a vast marketplace suddenly accessible. A recreational marijuana legalization bill was recently introduced in the Illinois legislature. The proposed bill puts small businesses in an especially advantageous position, promoting “craft growers” and banning large-scale operations. Without a corporate presence dominating the field, local cultivators and retailers [...]

Red Tape Unwrapped: Mayor Lightfoot Eases Small Business License and Permit Applications

It’s Christmas come early! Earlier this week, Mayor Lightfoot gave an early present to small business owners outside of the Loop. She released a plan to streamline small business licensing, which would open five regional centers to help with licensing issues. Currently, these matters can only be handled downtown at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) [...]

A Rude Awakening: Kylie Jenner Tries to Trademark “Rise and Shine”

Another day, another celebrity filing a trademark application to coopt an everyday expression. At the center of this case: Kylie Jenner and the household wakeup call “Rise and Shine”.  Following the online explosion of a video of Jenner serenading her daughter with the familiar refrain, she immediately sought to capitalize on the phenomenon by selling sweatshirts with a logo [...]

2019-11-06T13:06:14-06:00November 6th, 2019|Intellectual Property, Small Business Law, Trademarks|

The Spooky Business of the Seasonal Halloween Pop-Up

As the leaves fall every autumn, a seasonal specter rises to suffuse sepulchral storefronts with spirit and spook: the Halloween pop-up shop. For a few weeks every year, dusty ‘For Lease’ signs relinquish their vigil to bright orange-and-black banners broadcasting their bounty to the well-flannelled masses. Where do these stores come from? Where do they go? How can seasonal [...]

The Problem With THE: Ohio State University Fumbles Their Trademark

Ohio State University’s toughest opponent this season is not on the football field, but in Washington D.C. – the United States Patent and Trademark Office. OSU recently applied to trademark the mark “THE” in order to protect a line of t-shirts and hats sporting the word in large letters above a very small school logo[1]. The USPTO responded to [...]

2019-10-09T10:39:33-06:00October 9th, 2019|Intellectual Property, Trademarks|

“Taco Tuesday” Trademark is Lebron’s Biggest Airball

Lebron James’s recent bid to claim “Taco Tuesday” was a shot and a miss. After weeks of Tuesdays dedicated to shouting, embarrassing his kids, and eating tacos on Instagram, on August 15th Lebron James Trademarks LLC filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) to trademark the phrase for use in advertising, marketing, and social [...]

2019-10-02T10:45:11-06:00October 2nd, 2019|Intellectual Property, Trademarks|