IPqwery? has produced a nice overview of the intellectual property held by companies within Crunchbase’s Unicorn Leaderboard. Note: Aggregating this data is not trivial. There are many data manipulations required to accurately compile the IP profile for any company, Unicorn or otherwise. This includes normalizing company names, verifying subsidiary companies and grouping related entities, and even match inventors with their respective companies. To investigate how this works in more detail, check out the IPqwery? Chrome extension and test it out yourself on Crunchbase.
As others have duly noted (Maurice Ross, David Oxenford) the NFL is zealous in its enforcement over what it deems unauthorized use or infringement of its Super Bowl trademarks. To give added context to this thread, which naturally surfaces at this time of year due to the hype associated with the event itself, we’ve listed all citations of the NFL’s marks over the past five years in the table below, to gain insight into what obstacles applicants face with respect to potential blocking marks owned by the league. To what extent are Super Bowl trademarks being blitzed? What’s immediately striking is that only 12 citations (listed at the top of the table) refer specifically to Super Bowl trademarks. The vast majority of NFL marks cited have no specific relation to the big game. Given the press the NFL has received over the years regarding its offensive Super Bowl stance, at least from the trademark application perspective the hype does seem overblown. This is not to say that the league’s enforcement activities are unwarranted. Infringement and unauthorized use can be prevalent within the market, nonetheless. But in looking at this list of refused applications, one can’t help but be unimpressed by the foolishness exhibited by some of these applicants. What were they thinking? […]
Back again is Towergate’s compilation of Top Opposing Firms, based upon the correspondent at filing of all oppositions in 2015. Compared to previous years, there are a number of change-ups in the lineup, and firms not previously noted in our list of years past. Kudos to all! For the first time, we are showing just the relative rankings of the top 40 opposition-filing firms, without further details given of each of their oppositions. If you’d like further details, please contact us. One of the most significant changes to note is that the firm Cowan Liebowitz and Latman slipped to second rank, after many years of being the top opposing firm (thanks to MLB). Compared to 2014 and years prior, the firm’s numbers have dropped substantially whilst those of Kilpatick Townsend and Stockton have increased. Kilpatrick’s oppositions have been mainly fueled by owners Instagram, Oracle, and Occulus VR. 2(d) Citations, refusals, and opposition filings are good benchmarks of your firm’s performance relative to other firms within the industry. Subscribe to our popular 2(d) Citation Watch or Bulk TM Watch services and watch your IP practice grow! Here’s a comparison chart of Top Opposing Firms in 2014.