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Trademark Review | July 2016

Applicant’s Claim of Secondary Meaning in MINIMELTS Melts Down Before the Board - Mini Melts opposed Reckitt’s intent-to-use applications for “MINI-MELTS” and “MINIMELTS,” alleging a likelihood of confusion with its own...more

Trademark Review | June 2016

Coca-Cola has Acquired Secondary Meaning in ZERO for Colas - In an opposition proceeding before the TTAB, Royal Crown (RC) and Dr. Pepper/Seven Up sought to prevent registration of seventeen applications filed by...more

FDA Finally Decides that “Evaporated Cane Juice” Is Misleading Consumers

Evaporated cane juice, a term usually used to inform about sweeteners derived from the fluid extract of sugar cane, is present on the ingredient lists of many products we see on grocery store shelves. However, newly finalized...more

Adidas To Trademark Competitors: ‘Two Stripes, You’re Out’

Last month, a U.S. district court in Oregon granted Adidas’ motion for a preliminary injunction against U.S. footwear company Sketchers USA Inc., blocking Sketchers from selling, among other sneakers, a 3-stripe sneaker...more

Trademark Review | November 2015

I AM Similar - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed the examiner’s decision to deny three applications for “I AM” marks filed by i.am.symbolic, LLC (“Applicant”), finding that Applicant’s proposed “I AM”...more

MLB Strikes Out in Acquiring Twins.com

October—the month of seasonal changes, crunching leaves, artificial pumpkin flavoring, and, for sports fans, the October Classic. As survivors of the never-ending major league baseball regular season battle for World Series...more

Rare TTAB §2(d) Reversal Where Examiner Failed to Heed Rules of Evidence

While browsing back issues of the indispensable Allen’s Trademark Digest, the blurb for the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board’s decision in the appeal In re Micros Systems, Inc. caught my eye. It was a rarely-seen reversal of an...more

Trademark Review | September 2015

The TTAB Finds Confusion Between WINEBUD Wine and BUD Beer The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) found that Applicant’s mark WINEBUD for wine is confusingly similar to Anheuser-Busch’s (“AB”) BUD mark. The TTAB...more

No Clear Notice, No Contempt - U.S. Polo Ass’n, Inc. v. PRL USA Holdings, Inc.

In the latest episode of a 30-year dispute over the use of marks depicting mounted polo players, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the district court’s order finding contempt of a 2012 injunction. U.S....more

Trademark Advice: Measure Twice, Cut Once — How to Avoid Unnecessary Legal Fees

Originally published in Utah Business. Very seldom do companies intentionally adopt trademarks that are likely to cause confusion in the marketplace or intend to profit on the goodwill of other companies. Yet, even...more

Trademark Review - Volume 2 | Issue 11 - November 2012

In This Issue: • JOTS for Gelatin Shots Found Confusingly Similar to TOTT’S for Sparkling Wine • Likelihood of Confusion Between DUB for Nutritional Supplements and DUB for Non- Alcoholic Energy Drinks • The...more

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