Current case involving trademark law and accusations of misuse of IP
This case was highlighted on  It’s a trademark infringement lawsuit – filed by Hearst Communications (owners of “Cosmopolitan” magazine) against a Las Vegas resort and casino company planning to use the name “cosmopolitan”.  An interesting slant in this case is the fact that it’s a common word, and that magazines and casinos are clearly different markets.  Reuters also reported on the story, and the status as they reported is that: 

“Hearst has asked the court to halt the use by defendants of its trademark names and to order the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny or cancel the registration of the defendants’ marks. It also wants all advertising and promotional material that are found to infringe or dilute HCI trademarks to be impounded.”

For now the trademark world is waiting to see what happens.

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