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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Supreme Court Rules Trademark Tacking Is a Question for Juries

The tacking doctrine allows trademark owners to make slight modifications to their marks over time without an attendant loss of rights. Specifically, owners can claim priority in a mark based on the first use date of a...more

Supreme Court Holds That “Tacking” Inquiry Is Generally a Jury Question

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, No. 13-1211. The issue presented was whether the judge or the jury should determine whether two trademarks may be “tacked” for purposes of...more

Supreme Court’s Trademark Tacking Decision: Possible Impact on Likelihood of Confusion?

The Supreme Court’s decision that juries should decide whether consumers would consider two marks to be the same for the purpose of trademark tacking may help resolve a split in the circuits as to whether the likelihood of...more

Supreme Court Hears Trademark Cases on the Preclusive Effect of TTAB Decisions and the Tacking Doctrine

In its October 2014 term, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in two trademark cases. Both cases have practical significance for trademark litigants because they have the potential to change the way parties approach...more

Supreme Court Rules that Trademark “Tacking” Is a Question for the Jury

On January 21, 2015, the Supreme Court in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, No. 13-1211, unanimously held that whether different versions of a trademark may be “tacked” for purposes of determining priority is a jury...more

Supreme Court Holds Trademark Tacking is a Question, like any Inquiry from the Perspective of an Ordinary Purchaser or Consumer,...

Background: In a priority contest between trademark owners, the owner of a mark is entitled to “tack on” earlier use of a similar mark provided that the two marks are sufficiently similar. Some circuits treated the question...more

Supreme Court Holds That Trademark Tacking is an Issue for the Jury

In trademark law, rights in a trademark are determined by the date of the mark’s first use in commerce, and the party who first uses the mark in commerce has priority over other users. Under the doctrine of "tacking," under...more

Supreme Court Starts 2015 Off with Focus on Facts Shaping Intellectual Property Disputes

The U.S. Supreme Court kicked 2015 off with an intellectual property bang, issuing two important rulings earlier this week. Both decisions focus on the facts underpinning intellectual property disputes—who decides them and...more

Who A-Tacks a Decision on Tacking? U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Tacking Trademarks to Gain Earlier First Use Is a Question Of...

It’s a historic week for trademarks!  On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, which marks the high court’s first substantive ruling on trademarks in more...more

In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. And Hana Financial, Inc., The Supreme Court Issues Two IP Decisions – One Deferring To Trial...

This week, the Court rendered two IP opinions in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 13-854 (argued October 15, 2014) and Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, No. 13-1211 (argued December 3, 2014) . Teva...more

USPTO Announces New Lower Fee Schedule for Trademark Applications

On January 17, 2015, the United States Trademark Office implemented a reduced fee schedule for newly filed applications. The Trademark Office has introduced an additional category of applications called the TEAS Reduced Fee,...more

Supreme Court Rules on “Tacking” and District Court Distinguishes Dish Network from Aereo

Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank – What You Need to Know - Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that whether two trademarks may be tacked for purposes of determining priority is a question for the jury, because...more

Supreme Court Decides Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, No. 13-1211, holding that whether two trademarks are “legal equivalents” creating a single, continuing commercial impression and may be...more

The US Supreme Court Holds that Juries Should Decide the Issue of Trademark Tacking

In the first substantive trademark decision it has issued in a decade, the US Supreme Court, in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, case number 13-1211 (January 21, 2015), affirmed the Ninth Circuit by holding that whether two...more

Tacking: It’s Not Just for Judges Anymore

The U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t frequently take on trademark cases, so yesterday’s release of its decision in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank should have been pretty exciting. We discussed the case back in June when the...more

Supreme Court Rules that Trademark Tacking is a Question for Juries

Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously held in Hana Financial v. Hana Bank, 574 U.S. ___ (2015), that trademark tacking is a question for juries. Trademark tacking, or the ability to "tack" a new mark to an older mark in...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Trademark Tacking is Issue for Jury

On January 21, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank that the issue of whether two trademarks may be “tacked” for purposes of determining a priority claim is a question for the jury....more

SCOTUS Today: New Legal Criteria, Final Authority on Trademark Tacking

Yesterday, in a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Sotomayor, the U.S. Supreme Court in Hana Financial., Inc. v. Hana Bank et al. decided that trademark tacking is a question of fact to be decided by juries, and that the...more

Beware of Fraudulent Trademark Solicitations and Invoices

Fraudulent solicitations and invoices for trademark services are on the rise, inundating trademark applicants and registrants with offers to perform potentially unnecessary services. These solicitations often come in the form...more

The Odds and Evens of Q’s: Trademarks in the Car Industry

Last week was the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, one of the top trade shows in the automotive industry. The highlight of the show for car buffs was the new Ford GT, which I will try not to drool too much...more

Sue-per Bowl Shuffle 2014: The Year in NFL-Related Intellectual Property Litigation

Heading into this year’s Super Bowl party season, there are two things every lawyer should be concerned about. First, why can’t your team get it together? Second, what do you do if you are asked to explain to your friends and...more

Business Law Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - FirstPay Decision: IRS Bests Trustee in Local Tax Case - Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps: One Size Does Not Fit All - Trademark Fees are Decreasing - Excerpt from Trademark Fees are...more

First Amendment Protects Use of Third-Party’s Trademark in Video Game

Mil-Spec Monkey, Inc. v. Activision Blizzard, Inc. et al. - Confirming that video games, including customizable multi-player games, qualify as expressive works entitled to First Amendment protection, a California...more

Status Updates - January 2015 #4

Social drinkers. The founder of the Lagunitas Brewing Company decided to drop a lawsuit that he’d filed against Sierra Nevada for trademark infringement after beer drinkers expressed their disapproval of the suit on Twitter. ...more

Claim What’s Yours

How do you claim your trademark? There is no requirement that a company use one of the trademark designations in connection with their trademark, but it is a good practice to get into. Using either the “TM” or “Circle R” puts...more

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