Coachella Sues Urban Outfitters in Trademark Battle

Screenshot of Free People website.

Screenshot of Free People website.

Urban Outfitters has been hit with yet another trademark infringement lawsuit. This time it’s the popular Coachella music festival that’s demanding that the Philly clothier cease and desist.

The Southern California festival and its promoter, Goldenvoice, say that Urban Outfitters won’t stop adding “Coachella” to the branding of some of its apparel and accessories. Read more »

Oregon’s Naked Wines Tells Local Brewer It Can’t Sell “Naked” Beer


Naked Wines is an Oregon winery with an unfortunate series of suggestive wine names, such as Penetration Cabernet Sauvignon, Oh! Orgasmic Barbera, Cougar Semi-Sparkling White, and Bareback Sweet White. Their unfortunate marketing campaign consists of slogans like “I Get Naked Regularly” and “We Just Got Naked.” And now Naked Wines is suing Prism Brewing Company in Bucks County over Prism’s “Naked” beers. Read more »

AOL Fights Philadelphia Man Over Martini Lounge Radio Trademark


Havertown’s Tom Kelly thought he had all of his bases covered. The former General Manager of WHAT 1340-AM in Philadelphia had taken his Rat Pack-laced “Martini Lounge Radio” show from the airwaves to internet radio in 2008 and applied for a trademark for the name. In 2009, the United States Patent & Trademark Office granted it, giving him ownership of the mark throughout the United States. But now four years later, it looks like AOL might take it all away. Read more »

Barcade Tells Des Moines Barcade to Stop Calling Itself a Barcade

barcade-vs-barcadeOn October 11th, a new bar opened in the East Village section of Des Moines, Iowa. The name of the bar is Up-Down, and the concept is simple: booze and arcade games. So, the bar referred to itself as a “barcade”. But that seems to have gotten them in trouble with Barcade, the bar-arcade concept 1,000 miles away in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Brooklyn. Read more »

Campo’s Loses Fight to Trademark “Philadelphia’s Cheesesteak”

Mike Campo who owns Campo’s cheesesteak shop on Market Street in Old City as well as satellite locations at the Wells Fargo Center, Citizens Bank Park and the Liacouras Center filed a claim with the US Patent & Trademark Office, looking to  trademark the phrase “Philadelphia’s Cheesesteak.”

The feds turned him down, saying the mark was  “likely to cause confusion” and was “geographically descriptive” of the sandwich.

Campo’s lawyer disagreed,”It will help them franchise.” If we want to be the sterling benchmark for the Philadelphia cheesesteak, we need that mark.”

Deli sues feds for refusing to trademark its ‘Philadelphia’s Cheesesteak’ [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Campo’s Deli [Official Site]