Practice Pointer: NEVER NEVER ever ever sell your name….unless “they” pay you a lot of money.

The fashion industry is blessed with many ultra-talented designers.  And it is quite common for a talented and well-known designer to seek out investors in order to create a brand around the designer’s name.  Joseph Abboud and Adriano Goldschmied come to mind as examples. Typically, when a designer and investors team up, a corporate entity …

Registering the name of a famous living individual can protect the famous name after the individual passes

The Ms. Teresea H. Earnhardt v. Bobby Dale Earnhardt LLC case is also interesting because it is a great example of how to maintain one’s famous name as a trademark after one dies. As a recap of the holding of the case, the Applicant was not able to register BOBBY DALE EARNHARDT as a trademark …

Sins maybe, but the trademarks of a Grandfather are not inherited by the Grandson.

Just because it is your name DOES NOT guarantee that you can secure a trademark registration for your name. The popular race car driver known as Dale Earnhardt died in 2001.  During his career, he clearly established trademark rights in his name for goods/services related to automobile racing.  He also registered his name with the …