A BrandlandUSA reader laments the missed opportunity in Pontiac: It may be that Pontiac is gone and erased from the accounting books of GM, and it may be that the heritage of Pontiac lives in the memoirs of Americana – but the fact of the matter remains that Pontiac outsoldMORE HERE

ATLANTA – We caught with licensing expert Pete Canalichio to answer a few email questions about the current licensing climate. BrandlandUSA: What opportunities are companies missing in the licensing of brands? Canalichio: The biggest opportunity in my opinion is that there are so many companies out there with great productsMORE HERE

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Home to numerous micro-breweries and a Budweiser plant, the visitor’s bureau here has come up with a tour of locally made beer brands, from Budweiser to regional craft brews. Located 50 miles north of Denver, Fort Collins has been called the Napa Valley of Beer. ThereMORE HERE

WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization will work on joint intellectual property issues.  Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property David Kappos and Director General of ARIPO Dr. Gift Huggins Sibanda signed an agreement to work togetherMORE HERE

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today confirmed David Kappos as the new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement: “We are grateful to the Senate for its swift confirmation of David KapposMORE HERE

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum are presenting a special exhibit featuring material from Michael Jackson’s patent and trademark applications. The exhibit is free and runs through Labor Day.Mr. Jackson is the co-inventor of a “system for allowingMORE HERE

LONDON – It’s like 1925, a Merchant and Ivory movie. On September 10, October 29, and November 14, Orient-Express will be offering “The Dinner” on The British Pullman train departing from Victoria Station in London. The cars are original, and enable travelers to take an Orient-Express train journey that’s shortMORE HERE

HOUSTON – Look out for a new Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) Boeing 737-900ER, which is painted with a retro livery to commemorate the airline’s 75th anniversary, which will be celebrated July 15, 2009. The livery was was originally used on aircraft beginning in 1947 and is called The Blue Skyway,MORE HERE

NEW YORK – The branding firm Graj + Gustavsen said that Founding Partner Simon Graj has been named to Intellectual Asset Management magazine’s inaugural list of the World’s 250 Leading Intellectual Property Strategists. The IAM 250 – A Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists debuted in the publication’s AprilMORE HERE