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A collection of recent articles and blogs on trademarks and Christmas.
Interesting and educational reading:


Do You Happen to Recall, The Most Famous Trademark of All?

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again, when kids are jingle belling and everyone’s telling you to be of good cheer. And sure, they’ll be parties for hosting and much mistletoeing, but they’ll also be some grousing—and not just over having to allow eccentric relatives access to your home. …..

Merry Christmas Is Trademarked

It’s true. MERRY CHRISTMAS is trademarked. In fact there are four federally registered trademarks for MERRY CHRISTMAS. MERRY CHRISTMAS for “Fruit wine; grape wine; natural sparkling wines; sparkling fruit wine; sparkling grape wine; sparkling wines; sweet wines; white wine; wine; wines; wines and sparkling wines,” Registration No. 4,077,131. ….

Santa Claus: The Trademark

When I was growing up, I spent Christmas with my family in Henderson, North Carolina. We would pile into my grandparents’ small house along with uncles, aunts, cousins, and dogs. It was crazy, but it was incredibly fun. One particular Christmas stands out because it was the year that I saw Santa Claus. ….

Who Owns Christmas?

In late November, Louisville, Ky., abruptly abandoned plans for a Christmas display based on the story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It wasn’t because of public uproar, or the big green meanie terrifying small children. No, it was the cease-and-desist letter from lawyers representing ….

Trademarking Christmas

You may be surprised to know that SANTA CLAUS is a trademark, but it is. Father Christmas Ltd., a British company and the proud owner of www.santa-claus.com, also owns the rights to sell Santa Claus merchandise in the United States. Of course, it’s not an exclusive license, since Santa has been around since the days of jolly St. Nick, …

A Christmas Story’s Trademark Popularity

It’s Christmas Eve, which means which means it’s time for holiday cheer, merriment and 24 straight hours of A Christmas Story. TBS will air the holiday classic on a loop beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern today and continuing through 8 p.m. Christmas Day. This year marks the marathon’s 18th anniversary….

10 Christmas Campaigns That Left a Lasting Impression

Christmas is coming and don’t we know it. Every TV ad, website and living room is fit to bursting with festive cheer that just can’t be avoided. And whilst the schmaltz and vibrancy might annoy many of us at the best of times, there are some brands that are getting Christmas right. Whether through cleverly utilising online strategies, …

“Christmas – A Time For Fruitcake and Infringement Actions”

The holiday season means something different for each of us. For some it’s a time for eggnog, parties and mistletoe. For others, it’s a time for cease and desist letters, seizure actions and lawsuits. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause, and his lawyers stand ready to sue those who use his marks and other intellectual property without permission….

In the name of Santa Claus

It seems like Christmas is getting earlier and earlier, with Santa holiday advertisements appearing even before Halloween or Thanksgiving. With Santa appearing so often and so long, overpowering almost every other holiday, one has to wonder who owns Santa. …