Advertising Law -- March 14, 2012


In This Issue:

*Manatt Partners Christopher Cole and Edward Glynn Invited to Speak at ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

*Battle Over “Coach” Needs a Ref

*The FTC’s Top 10 . . . Complaints, That Is

*Fight Over Google’s Privacy Policy Continues

*You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for an Ice Cream Settlement

Excerpt from Battle Over “Coach” Needs a Ref

In a trademark dispute between handbag manufacturer Coach and Triumph Learning, an educational materials publisher, the Federal Circuit found that Coach’s brand was not diluted by the publisher’s use of “Coach” marks for educational materials.

The decision affirmed a ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board dismissing Coach’s opposition to Triumph’s trademark applications. Coach argued that Triumph’s use of the mark was merely descriptive for educational materials and test preparation and, therefore, not entitled to protection. Coach also argued that consumers would be confused by Triumph’s use of the mark.

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