Trademarks

A Trademark is a legally registered distinctive mark or sign which identifies goods, products or services that originate or are associated with a particular person or enterprise . A typical example of a trademark... more +
A Trademark is a legally registered distinctive mark or sign which identifies goods, products or services that originate or are associated with a particular person or enterprise . A typical example of a trademark would be a company's logo such as the Nike "Check" or McDonald's "Golden Arches."  less -
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The New World of Trademark Litigation After The Supreme Court's B&B Hardware Decision

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) may be binding on a federal court that later hears the same issue. The Court's decision is likely to significantly affect the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Supreme Court Upends Brand Protection Strategies

In the landmark B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. case the Supreme Court held that administrative Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decisions on likelihood of confusion may preclude the parties from...more

IP Newsflash - March 2015 #4

U.S. SUPREME COURT CASES - B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., Potential Issue Preclusion on Likelihood of Confusion Rulings - On March 24, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that that a...more

This .Sucks: The Newest New gTLD

Two years ago, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that runs the Internet, launched a controversial program to expand the number of top-level domain names (TLDs). Until...more

An Ounce of Prevention: Act Now with “.sucks” Registration Opening

As many brand owners may know, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) recently approved the .sucks gTLD. The Sunrise period for trademark owners to register .sucks domain names containing their...more

Supreme Court Finds TTAB Rulings On Likelihood Of Confusion May Preclude Infringement Litigation In Federal Court

The United States Supreme Court recently issued a game-changing opinion on the authority of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's (USPTO) Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB). In B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. et...more

Supreme Court Update: Omnicare, Inc. V. Laborers Industry Pension Fund (13-435), B&B Hardware V. Hargis Industries (13-352) And...

The Court began its March sitting this week (just in time for April), and issued decisions and two new cert grants. In this Update, we'll discuss Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Industry Pension Fund (13-435), on issuer liability...more

Clearing Up the Confusion as to Preclusion: Supreme Court’s Trademark Ruling Gives Deference to the Trademark Trial and Appeal...

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., 575 U.S. _____ (2015). The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that federal court decisions on “likelihood of confusion” can be precluded by earlier findings on the same...more

Will Supreme Court Issue Preclusion Ruling Give TTAB Decisions More Bite?

The Supreme Court addressed the preclusive effect of decisions of the USPTO’s administrative court, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), on district court trademark infringement proceedings in B&B Hardware, Inc. v....more

Supreme Court’s Preclusion Ruling May Mean More District Court Trademark Cases

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., No. 13-352 (U.S. March 24, 2015) - Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court issued its second substantive trademark ruling of its term, clarifying application of...more

Supreme Court Holds That TTAB Rulings Can Have Preclusive Effect in Court

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries, ruling that decisions of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on “likelihood of confusion” in trademark opposition proceedings can...more

Trademark Review | March 2015

Registration Cancelled Where Services Related to Mark Not Provided - Playdom, Inc. filed a petition to cancel Couture’s mark, arguing that the registration was void because Couture did not use the mark in commerce as of...more

Supreme Court: An Administrative Ruling on Confusion Can Be the Last Word in Trademark Litigation

Trademark disputes often focus on whether two marks create a “likelihood of confusion” with one another. That issue can come up before a court considering trademark infringement; before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...more

Supreme Court Seals Tight a TTAB Decision

In a recent case that will raise the stakes for companies involved in contentious administrative trademark proceedings, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the administrative tribunal, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...more

A Disclaimer for Disclaimers at the USPTO

You know that feeling when you’ve nearly crossed the finish line? You have done the work, put in the time, and the only step left is to run through the tape. There can be similar moments with trademark applications,...more

B&B Hardware: Sometimes, Not Always, Not Never

The Supreme Court issued its second trademark ruling of the term on Tuesday, ruling that federal court decisions on “likelihood of confusion” sometimes can be precluded by earlier rulings about trademark registrability issued...more

Supreme Court Sets Standard for Section 11 Opinion Statement Liability in Omnicare Ruling

In its much-anticipated decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (“Omnicare”), No. 13-435 (Mar. 24, 2015), the United States Supreme Court held that an honestly-held statement...more

TTAB Decisions Can Preclude Court Determinations Of Likelihood Of Confusion In Infringement Cases

On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., holding that a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) decision on likelihood of confusion for purposes of...more

B&B Hardware: Sometimes, Not Always, Not Never

The Supreme Court issued its second trademark ruling of the term on Tuesday, ruling that federal court decisions on “likelihood of confusion” sometimes can be precluded by earlier rulings about trademark registrability issued...more

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. – U.S. Supreme Court Holds TTAB Decisions Can Have Preclusive Effect on District...

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Indus., Inc. B&B Hardware owned the federally registered trademark SEALTIGHT for use in connection with...more

Supreme Court Rules that TTAB Decisions Can Have Preclusive Effect in Federal Court

On March 24, 2015, in a trademark dispute captioned B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Indus., Inc., No. 13-352, the United States Supreme Court determined that “likelihood of confusion for purposes of registration [of a trademark]...more

Filing Fee for .sucks Top-Level Domain Names Really Sucks for Brand Owners

The recent top-level domain name explosion has been of great interest to existing brand owners and new market entrants alike. No longer is a business limited to deciding which of a few top-level domains, such as .com, .net,...more

Supreme Court Gives TTAB Decisions Preclusive Effect Over Federal Court Infringement Actions in Limited Circumstances

In a carefully crafted 7-2 decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., the Supreme Court of the United States reversed the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and granted preclusive effect to Trademark...more

TTAB Decisions May Be Determinative Of Trademark Infringement Litigation

In a well-written opinion, the Supreme Court ruled this week that a final TTAB decision on likelihood of confusion regarding a particular mark can be binding in separate trademark infringement litigation. The Court reversed a...more

The Stakes in Your TTAB Opposition Proceeding Just Went Way Up: Trademark Trial and Appeal Board "Likelihood of Confusion"...

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. et al., case number 13-352, 575 U.S. ___ (2015), holding that likelihood of confusion determinations by the...more

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