Dennis Prahl

Dennis Prahl

Ladas & Parry LLP

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Diamonds In The Rough: TTAB Refuses Registration For Repeating Pattern

In a precedential decision in In re Fantasia Distribution Inc, Serial 86185623 (September 21 2016), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) held that a repeating diamond design pattern appearing on an electronic hookah...more

12/13/2016 - Design Trademarks Inherently Distinctive Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (TMEP) Trademark Registration Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

The Zero Sum Game In The Cola Wars

In Royal Crown Company and Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc v The Coca-Cola Company, Opposition 91178927, each party opposed the other’s trademark applications containing the term ZERO for soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks....more

8/19/2016 - Coca Cola Exclusive Use Likelihood of Confusion Royal Crown Secondary Meaning Trademark Infringement Trademark Litigation Trademarks

California District Court Puts Baby In A Corner

In the United States, federal laws take precedence over state law and common law causes of action where there is an overlap. This lesson was recently learned again in Lions Gate Entertainment Inc v TD Ameritrade Services...more

6/6/2016 - Advertising Consumer Confusion Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyrightable Subject Matter Corporate Counsel Dismissal With Prejudice Lanham Act Preemption The Copyright Act Trademark Infringement Trademarks Young Lawyers

The Essentials Of Domain Name Management For Companies

In the traditional scheme of intellectual property, companies tend to manage their trademark, copyright, and patent portfolios, whether in house or through outside counsel. However, it has become increasingly essential for...more

5/3/2016 - Domain Names gTLD Intellectual Property Protection Popular Trademark Clearinghouse Trademarks

Although Healthy Hemp May do Many Things, It Does Not Function As a Trademark

In a non-precedential decision in In re French Meadow Organic Bakery LLC, Serial No 86243820 (February 4 2016), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) held that HEALTHY HEMP was merely descriptive of “bakery goods;...more

4/15/2016 - Merely Descriptive Trademark Act Trademark Litigation Trademark Registration Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Young Lawyers

TTAB upholds mere descriptiveness refusal to register Swatch’s TOURBILLON mark

In In re The Swatch Group Management Services AG (Serial No 85485359, April 18 2014), in a precedential opinion, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has affirmed, on the ground of mere descriptiveness, a refusal to...more

6/18/2014 - Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

Trademark Series: Matching your commercial strategy [Video]

Dennis Prahl, partner at Ladas & Parry, discusses how companies can match their trademark expansion with their commercial strategy....more

6/7/2013 - Brand Business Development Marketing Multinationals Trademarks

Trademark Series: Building a global brand [Video]

Dennis Prahl, partner at Ladas & Parry LLP, discusses the role of trademarks in building a global brand....more

6/7/2013 - Brand Business Development Marketing Multinationals Negotiations Registration Trademarks

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