Likelihood of Confusion

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How do you like your rum?

I don’t know what the record is for the longest time it has taken for a trademark application to clear the Trademark Office, but I’m pretty sure that Havana Club would medal. The application for the Havana Club mark for rum...more

Black Ops Mission Accomplished by Federal Trademark Registration

A recent district court decision granting a preliminary injunction in The Brooklyn Brewery Corp. v. Black Ops Brewing, Inc. demonstrates the advantage of owning a federal trademark registration when products bearing the...more

Are the San Diego Chargers Moving to Los Angeles?

The Chargers are still in San Diego, but is the team moving to Los Angeles? A clue to the organization’s intentions may be found in its trademark filings. On January 14, 2016, the team filed a trademark application for the...more

Pinterest fails to pin Pintrips on trademark infringement and dilution claims | World Trademark Review

In Pinterest Inc v Pintrips Inc (No 13-CV-04608-HSG, October 21 2015), the US District Court for the Northern District of California has held that the PINTRIPS and PIN marks used by Pintrips did not infringe or dilute...more

Taylor Swift’s Trademark Play

Taylor Swift’s IP management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, LLC, recently filed 73 trademark applications directed to 20 different marks for a wide range of goods and services. The applications were filed based...more

Star Wars Copyright and Trademark Litigation: The Empire Sues Back

Haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie yet? The pop culture zeitgeist recommends that you binge-watch all six of the prior Star Wars movies before going to see Episode VII, The Force Awakens and, according to the Washington...more

Superman, Superdad, and the Limits of a Trademark Parody Defense

Superman has triumphed yet again, this time with help from the federal court in the Central District of California. It wasn’t actually Superman that scored this particular victory, but DC Comics, owner of the trademark rights...more

Trademark Bully or Not?

Chrysler and Moab Industries LLC (“Moab”) have been battling over the Moab mark for years. Moab holds the federally registered trademark Moab Industries®. Its business involves customization or uplifting vehicles—primarily...more

Trademark Review | December 2015

MARATHON MONDAY does not Uniquely Identify the Boston Marathon - Boston Athletic Association (BAA) operates the annual Boston Marathon which has taken place on the third Monday in April every year for the past 117 years....more

Another Cliche Color Trademark Calamity?

Techdirt is crying foul (again) and this time, wrapping the “trademark bully” mantle around the magenta-colored neck of the T-Mobile brand for enforcing its color trademark against OXY....more

District Court Twice “Erred with Respect to Every [Confusion] Factor.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court decision for the second time, explaining that on remand the district court “erred with respect to every factor” in determining whether confusion was...more

“Voice of America” Belongs to the U.S. Government - Robert Namer, d/b/a Voice of America v. Broadcasting Board of Governors; Voice...

Robert Namer, d/b/a Voice of America v. Broadcasting Board of Governors; Voice of AmericaAddressing the issues of laches and the reliability of a consumer survey in a defense to a trademark infringement action under the...more

Ninth Circuit Does an About-Face in Military Watch Trademark Dispute - Multi Time Machine, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit previously found that a jury could potentially find that online retailer Amazon.com created a likelihood of consumer confusion with the format of its product search returns when...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Spring 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 4

Issues to Be Aware of When Seeking Trademark Protection - Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others....more

Issues to Be Aware of When Seeking Trademark Protection

Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others. However, there are many issues to be aware of when seeking...more

B&B Hardware – District Courts Consider Impact on Both Trademark and Patent Litigation

In B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries, the Supreme Court held that, under some circumstances, determinations by the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board could have preclusive effect in subsequent federal court litigation...more

In re Allegiance Staffing – The Rare “Any Other Established Fact”

In this case, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board reversed the refusal to register Applicant’s ALLEGIANCE STAFFING mark (disclaiming STAFFING) for temporary employment agency service on the basis of likelihood of confusion...more

Is Ronald McDonald Lovin’ This Fryday?

When I recently snapped the above image of a t-shirt on display at a large retailer in the Twin Cities, it made me want to ask the same question many survey experts will ask of respondents to determine whether a likelihood of...more

Pacifico Defends its Trademark Rights on Canadian Soil

Another intellectual property dispute has arisen in the brewing industry. This time, however, the battle took place on Canadian soil. British Columbia based Pacific Western Brewing (“PWB”) sued renowned Mexican brewery...more

Trademark Review | October 2015

Barbeque Manufacturer Feels the Burn after TTAB Ruling - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sustained the opposition to an application to register SWISS GRILLS for lack of bona fide intent at the time of filing and for...more

Bud…Bud-WINE-Err?

You might be familiar with the popular mid-90s commercials suggested by the title of this post. However, the intention of this post is about the use of trademarks on beer to refuse trademark protection for wineries and vice...more

Amazon Wins Ruling on Results for Searches on Brands It Doesn’t Sell

On October 21, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled that online retailer Amazon does not violate the Lanham Act when, in response to a search for a brand it doesn’t sell, it returns a results page that fails to disclose that fact...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 08

The Katten Kattwalk discusses legal issues in the fashion industry affecting the trademarks, patents and copyrights associated with companies, brands and products. Letter From the Editor - Fashion Week has come and...more

Grrrr . . . Paw Print Trademarks Can Co-Exist - Jack Wolfskin Ausrustung Fur Draussen GmbH & Company KGAA v. New Millennium...

On appeal from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB or Board), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the Board’s decision on the issue of likelihood of confusion with regard to two parties’ paw...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2015

28 U.S.C. § 1782: A Powerful Tool in Global Disputes - As the number and complexity of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes increase, companies can use 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to obtain evidence from U.S.-based...more

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