Opening Day Read: Baseball Mascots and the Law

Just in time for Opening Day 2017, Attorney Christian H. Brill and Prof. Howard W. Brill have published a comprehensive examination of legal disputes involving mascots and America’s national pastime. “Baseball Mascots and the Law” discusses a variety of legal questions involving mascots, such as: Can a Dayton Dragons fan sue if she was distracted by a mascot’s performance when she was injured by a...
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The Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

Registering your business’s trademark with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is not a requirement for protecting your mark. However, any “common law” rights based on the use of your mark are far more limited than the federal protections. For example, although you can file for trademark protection in Ohio, the state’s trademark statutes do not prevent someone...
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Property Tax Reductions Available for Ohio Farmers

Under Ohio’s Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program, “land devoted exclusively to commercial agriculture” is valued based on the agricultural use of the land rather than its “highest and best probable legal use.” A CAUV valuation often results in a significant reduction in property taxes. In order to qualify for the CAUV program, property larger than 10 acres...
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Trademarks that Disparage

The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Lee v. Tam, a case involving the denial of a trademark registration for an Asian American band called The Slants. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”) determined that the mark would violate the Lanham Act, which prohibits registration of trademarks “which may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with...
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Super Bowl (TM) LI

Ever wondered why references to this week’s football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots avoid certain words? From our 2015 blog: Sunday’s football game … will bring many references to “The Big Game“, “The Professional Football Championship Game“, “The Be All End All of Football Games“, and even “The Superb Owl“. But...
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