Cognate's Trademark Blog

Tesla’s Trademark Problems In China Are Hardly Electrifying News

A Chinese entrepreneur named Zhan Baosheng registered the “Tesla” trademark in China. Then he waited. Once Tesla started selling its cars there, Zhan sued Tesla for almost $4 million dollars, plus the right to stop their trademark use. These types of practices highlight key differences in trademark rights and ownership which exist between most English … Read more

Upon Further Review: Don’t Throw Out Your Redskins Jersey Just Yet

Wow, there is a lot of information out there about the “Redskins” case. A lot of misinformation, that is. From the first crawl I saw last night on Wednesday Night Baseball — ESPN’s Bottom Line, to Google alerts, wire services, leading newspapers and websites — most of the stories got one thing right: the Trademark Office ordered cancellation … Read more

5 Things the Trademark Office Could Not Do With the Redskins Case

  By now, everyone has read that the Trademark Office issued its long-awaited decision, ruling that the word “Redskins” was disparaging to a substantial composite of Native Americans, and as a result, ordering six of their trademark registrations to be cancelled. This is a very lengthy and serious 99 page analysis. But most importantly, Congress … Read more