“[Don’t] Take It from Me:” Examining Commodores Entm’t Corp. v. McClary

[Kristen Rollerson, Contributing Member 2018-2019]

The Commodores is a musical group that was formed in 1968.  With the help of Motown Records, original members Thomas McClary, Walter Orange, Lionel Richie, Milan Williams, William King, and Ronald LaPread gained stardom and are still thriving.[1]  The Commodores became a household name with hits like “Take it from Me,” “Brick House” and “Three Times a Lady.”[2]  The group emerged on the Hollywood scene in 1971, and shortly after, released its first album in 1974.  The Commodores have a legacy of over forty released albums, seven number-one singles and topped the charts with multiple hits.  Since its inception, the Commodores toured the globe and continue to share its mark with the world despite the group’s ever-evolving membership.

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Will Tequila Regulations Drive Us Loco? Luxco Thought So

[Julie Kappelman, Cite Checker 2017-2018]

In January 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) issued a ruling that rejected the argument that “tequila” was generic and permitted the applicant to register “TEQUILA” as a certification mark.[1] The certification mark for “TEQUILA” was issued on June 20, 2017, with the registration number 5225126 to the applicant, Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT),[2] a Mexican nongovernmental entity entrusted with authority to monitor, regulate, and control tequila from the Mexican government. This decision in the context of international agreements shows how intellectual property rights and international trade agreements can conflict, as well as how different federal agencies view one another’s jurisdictions. Read More