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Maddy Sperling

Freelance Reporter

Maddy Sperling is a Freelance Reporter for IPWatchdog. A native of Washington, D.C., Maddy has a background in political journalism. She worked on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal for more than two years. She was in C-SPAN’s studio on January 6, directing coverage of that day’s events. As a reporter for The Real Deal, Maddy reported on federal regulations in real estate and investigated many high-profile lawsuits in the industry. Maddy also covered the 2024 GOP Primary Election for CBS News.

Recent Articles by Maddy Sperling

Timberland Loses Fourth Circuit Bid to Protect Trade Dress for Iconic Boots

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday rejected Timberland’s bid to protect its popular boot design. The court explained that the district court did not err in finding that the company failed to prove the design had acquired distinctive meaning…. According to Monday’s ruling, the boot’s design lacks “a distinctive meaning” that identifies them as Timberlands. While the brand’s distinct tree logo remains protected under the Lanham Act, the boot’s design falls short of being “distinguishable” enough to earn the same protection.