Trademarks United States Patent and Trademark Office

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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New Trademark Office Audit May Result in Cancellation of Registrations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced a final rule that took effect on February 17, 2017. To assess and promote the accuracy and integrity of the trademark register, the USPTO amended rules...more

Use It or Lose It: USPTO to Conduct Post-Registration Trademark Use Audits

Trademark owners take note: Affidavits to renew your U.S. trademark registrations may be getting a closer look. On March 21, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") implemented a new rule aimed at...more

Warner Bros., Trademark Lawyers Target “Golden Ticket” Beer Brand

This month, “Willy Wonka” filmmaker Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (“Warner Bros.”) formally opposed Georgia-based South Sky Brewing Company’s (“Southern Sky”) federal trademark application for its “Golden Ticket” branded...more

Specimen Showing Display of a Trademark on a Door Insufficient to Show Use of a Service Mark

On February 23, 2017, in a non-precedential opinion, the TTAB affirmed a PTO refusal of Republic National LLC’s service mark based upon the failure of its specimen to demonstrate use in connection with the covered...more

USPTO launches new proof of use audit program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a new program that will require some trademark owners to submit more “specimens” (i.e., proof of use) and information than was required in the past. As a...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 1

In 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) established new post-issuance procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”). Inter partes...more

Alert: Trademark Owners Beware: The U.S. Trademark Office Has A New Audit Program

If your company has trademarks that are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), a new audit program can put your registrations at risk if you are not careful....more

Application Partially Voided Where Defendant Lacked Bona Fide Intent to Use Mark

Addressing whether a trademark applicant must have a bona fide intent to use the mark in commerce with respect to all of the goods and/or services listed in the application, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit...more

USPTO Pulling Up the Ladder on Picture-Word Equivalency in Assessing Trademark Rights?

A recent stroll through the Minneapolis skyway and the above construction billboard reminded me that we haven’t discussed the picture-word equivalency doctrine in trademark law for some time....more

What You Need to Know About "Unofficial" Solicitations of Advertisements, Registration and Customs Recordals

An increasing number of our clients have received letters from companies that appear to be government agencies with names such as "U.S. Trademark Registry," "U.S. Trademark Registration Office" and "Registration & Monitoring...more

What Trademark Owners Need to Know About the New Trademark Rules

Owners of U.S. trademark registrations need to know about a few recent rule changes and be mindful of the changes and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office requirements whenever a declaration of use is due....more

Just Like You and Me: Difficulties with Celebrity Trademark Applications

Under U.S. trademark law, any person (including a celebrity) can obtain a trademark registration for their name if they can establish that the public recognizes the name as a source identifier for certain products or...more

USPTO News Briefs - March 2017

USPTO Enhances Transaction Security for Deposit Account Authorizations - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced today, March 13, 2017, via a USPTO Alert e-mail that effective Wednesday, March 15, 2017, any charge...more

Avoiding trademark and domain name scams

As a brand owner, you understand the importance and value of your proprietary brands, whether they be words, logos, tag lines, unique packaging or distinctive uses of colour. You may have also taken steps to apply for Federal...more

Tavern on the Green Trademark Battle Round #2

The City of New York has reignited the battle over the trademark TAVERN ON THE GREEN. Last month the City of New York filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement against Tavern on the Green International LLC, the...more

New TTAB Rules of Practice

On Jan. 14, 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Rules of Practice were amended in what the United States Patent and Trademark Office described as an effort “to benefit the public by providing for more efficiency...more

USPTO Changes Pertaining to Trademark Declarations, Post-Registration Use Filings

In Depth - In efforts to enhance the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) electronic filing system and to “assess and promote the accuracy and integrity of the trademark register,” the USPTO has ushered in changes that...more

California’s Bill to Add Marijuana Trademark and Service Mark Classifications

On December 12, 2016, Assembly Bill No. 64 (AB 64) was introduced to California’s legislature, with the stated purpose of (1) furthering the intent of the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), a...more

Update: Implementation of USPTO Rule Change on Audits of Maintenance Declarations Effective March 21, 2017

As we discussed in our blog post earlier this month, U.S. Trademark Office Sharpens Machete for Pruning Deadwood, the USPTO is implementing a new practice of randomly auditing maintenance declarations to request additional...more

Alert: USPTO Enacts New Audit Rules Targeting Trademark Renewals

Effective February 17, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") implemented a revised rule under which USPTO examining attorneys may request additional evidence of use from registrants beyond what was...more

A March to Madness: Can the NCAA Claim Ownership of the Third Month of the Year?

The NCAA has a well-deserved reputation for being quite zealous when it comes to protecting its registered trademark “March Madness.” We previously blogged about this here at TheTMCA.com. But a recent opposition filed by the...more

8th Circuit Trademark Year in Review 2016

I recently presented a CLE at the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis that covered many of the most important trademark cases from 2016 that were decided in the 8th Circuit. Here are some of the key teachings from...more

Frozen Until March 21: The USPTO’s New Evidence Requirements to Clear “Deadwood” From The Federal Trademark Register

President Trump’s deep freeze of regulatory actions has delayed the effective date of new rules issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to assess and promote the accuracy of the trademark...more

UPDATE: US Patent & Trademark Office Issues New Trademark Use Rule (Delayed until March 21, 2017)

ALERT UPDATE: The US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) planned to implement an auditing program on February 17, 2017, which would introduce new requirements for declarations of use filed pursuant to Sections 8 or 71 of the...more

Evaluating The USPTO’s Efforts To Clean Up The U.S. Trademark Register

An ongoing issue for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been the number of trademark registrations where registrants do not actually use or intend to use their marks on all of the goods and services...more

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