CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        John Ottaviani: Trademark Law

        We hope you enjoy this edition of Three Things, a new effort from Partridge Snow & Hahn that identifies three timely and noteworthy items our attorneys think you could find helpful and interesting.

        1. IMMORAL AND SCANDALOUS MARKS. You may have read about this trademark case -- ANDREI IANCU v. ERIK BRUNETTI, 18-302 (SCOTUS) -- pending before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) right now, regarding whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can refuse to register marks that are “immoral” and “scandalous.” (Some might even call them profane.) The decision expected this month is going to be an important one to watch, as it could open the door for other such trademarks to be registered. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has reported an upsurge in applications containing similar trademarks.

        2. TRADEMARKING CANNABIS-RELATED PRODUCTS? Marijuana use is legal for medical purposes in at least 33 states, and for adult recreational use in at least 10 states and the District of Columbia. Yet, because buying, selling and marijuana is still illegal under federal law, the USPTO refuses to register trademarks for cannabis-related products and services. We have been assisting cannabis companies with strategies for obtaining as much trademark protection as possible. You can read more about this here and here.

        3. INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS. The trademark registration process in the U.S. can be complex but does not have to be expensive. There are ways to save money in the process, which can be of particular interest to international trademark applicants as well as to applicants from the U.S. They include: drafting the identification of goods and services more narrowly than is typical in other countries, using common commercial terms; gathering and retaining documentation early in the process that supports your claim that you have an "intent to use" the mark in the U.S.; and confirming that the mark is in use on each item listed in the registration application.

        For a shareable PDF version of these Three Things, click here. For more information on these or any related topics, feel free to contact John E. Ottaviani or Geri Rosman.