The is one of the most common words in the English language. But two separate entities want consumers to associate them with the word. advertisement advertisement Fashion designer Marc Jacobs and Ohio State University separately filed applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2019 to trademark “the,” which would allow them to emblazon it on merchandise like T-shirts and bags—and prohibit anyone else from doing so. This week, the USPTO granted the university the trademark, and while it may seem ridiculous to try to trademark such a common word, experts say it’s actually a clever bit of branding. In some ways, the entire concept of sticking “THE” on a shirt began as a joke. Back in 1986, Ohio State University wanted to move away from the acronym OSU because it’s also used by Oregon State University and Oklahoma State University, which creates a lot of confusion. So the school tried to rebrand itself as The Ohio State University in a … [Read more...] about Why Marc Jacobs and Ohio State both fought to trademark the word ‘the’
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Apple’s product release events are famous for providing the stage where innovative products and services are introduced to the world for the first time. From Steve Jobs pulling the iPod out of his pocket to the iPhone’s debut, the event’s reputation is well established as a must-see reveal. advertisement advertisement In 2017, Apple’s flagship event was defined not by a groundbreaking new product but by a significant hardware shift. Instead of using a person’s fingerprint or passcode for authentication, the iPhone would use the face as a credential. The tech was called FaceID, and it revolutionized access control for our devices by introducing a secure and passive authentication experience for everyone, becoming second nature, many not realizing what’s going on behind the scenes. The technology was reported to be 20 times more secure than fingerprint readers, and it was one of the projects at Apple that I worked on as an engineer in the new product … [Read more...] about We could be using facial authentication for a whole lot more than unlocking our phones
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin In a 6-3 ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization , the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade . The ruling comes seven weeks after a leaked draft majority opinion, first published by Politico in May, indicated that the justices had voted to overturn the landmark 1973 Court ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. Following the bombshell reporting and the Court’s confirmation that the leaked document was authentic , the biggest question on the minds of Americans was just how closely the final ruling would follow the contents of the leaked option draft written in February. After weeks of waiting, the nation has its answer. Here’s how the final 213-page ruling compares to the leaked majority opinion draft authored by Justice Samuel Alito: How all of the justices voted is now clear. “ALITO, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which THOMAS, GORSUCH, KAVANAUGH, and … [Read more...] about How The Supreme Court’s Ruling On Dobbs Compares To The Leaked Draft
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The defining moment in Aaron Judge’s metamorphosis into the Yankees’ next generation version of Derek Jeter might have happened Friday, when Judge and the Yankees avoided a contentious showdown in a fashion reminiscent of Bernie Williams and the Yankees dodging a divorce at the last moment almost a quarter-century ago. There is, of course, a decidedly more than non-zero chance the preceding paragraph ends up as fodder for Cold Takes Exposed this winter, when Judge is going to hit free agency off what is shaping up to be a historic contract push. But the months-long game of chicken between Judge and the Yankees ending without the two sides potentially damaging the relationship beyond repair Friday — when Judge agreed to a one-year, $19 million deal with incentives moments before an arbitration hearing was scheduled to begin — evoked memories of Williams’ last-second reunion with the Yankees following the 1998 season. … [Read more...] about Will A Bernie Williams-Esque Last-Second Deal Be Enough To Make Aaron Judge This Era’s Derek Jeter?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin On May 25, 2022, Judge Greaves of the Tax Court issued a Memorandum Decision in the case of Martha L. Albrecht v. Commissioner T.C. Memo 2022-53 which shows why a well written thank you letter, even from a public charity, is so important. Martha L. Albrecht gave a large collection of Native American jewelry and artifacts to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian late in 2014. The Museum and Mrs. Albrecht executed a Deed of Gift which recited the terms of donation and the items being donated and referred to a “Gift Agreement,” but no such agreement was provided by the Museum. Mrs. Albrecht listed the fair market value of the donated jewelry and artifacts as a charitable income tax deduction on her 2014 Form 1040. The IRS denied the deduction on the basis that the high level of substantiation requirements on charitable gifts, and the Tax Court upheld the denial. This denial is a result of the Museum not writing a good … [Read more...] about Why It Is Important To Write A Good Thank You Letter