United States Patent and Trademark Office Trademarks

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Intent To Use – It’s Not The Thought That Counts

Bona fide intent, the sine qua non of non-use trademark applications, was given new meaning by the TTAB in a decision released unpublished February 21, 2014 but redesignated as precedent on March 26, 2014, thus placing at...more

Consider Design Patents as One Mode of Protection for Product Appearance

In the world of industrial design and branding, the appearance or look and feel of a product can be subject to various forms of intellectual property (IP) protection. Copyrights and trademarks usually come to mind when...more

International Trademark Registration

Is your brand expanding outside the U.S.? Do you need an international trademark registration? The process can confusing to say the least. Here are some basics you need to know....more

Trademark Review - Covidien and Reynolds (March 2014)

The Board Has Power to Restrict the Scope of a Color Registration - Covidien sought to register a mark that consists of “the color pink (Pantone PMS 806)” as applied to medical connectors and lead wires for use with...more

The “Civil War” With No Opposition – Notice of Allowance to Oregon for Football Rivalry

Work brought me to Harrisburg, Pa. during the first part of this week. Two colleagues and I finished with our business early Wednesday, so we took in the sights at the National Civil War Museum, which sits atop a marvelous...more

The Katten Kattwalk | Issue 04

In this issue: - Trademark Infringed? No Preliminary Injunction Unless Irreparable Harm Proved - Want to Reserve a Trademark? Be Prepared to Prove You Will Use It - Around the Horn: Customs and...more

Victoria’s Secret Defends Dream Angels?

How important is the DREAM ANGELS brand to Victoria’s Secret? Victoria’s Secret has a robust portfolio of federally-registered trademarks to protect the DREAM ANGELS sub-brand for undergarments and a line of personal...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 1 (Winter 2014): Build Your Brand Without...

It is time for a new look at trademark bullying. In recent months, trademark bullying has captured the attention of the trademark bar and the national media. The Wall Street Journal has written about it, the International...more

Angels in the Outfield and in the Bloodmobile

Most people likely know that the Los Angeles Angels are a baseball team. But did you know they are also a blood bank? Me neither! But according to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it appears that...more

Full Class Heading Does Not Cover “All Services” in the United States

Trademark owners outside the United States often find it useful to file U.S. applications based on priority from an application or registration in their home country, or as an extension of protection from an International...more

Trademark Review - Intelligent Quartz, Lakota, and Clorotek (January 2014)

The District Court Finds the TTAB Erred in Refusing to Register INTELLIGENT QUARTZ for Watches - The USPTO refused an application by Timex to register the mark INTELLIGENT QUARTZ for watches on the basis that the mark...more

7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the...more

12 Observations on Covered Business Method Review

CBM: When the America Invents Act (AIA) was passed in 2011, it ushered in a number of new post-grant options to challenge and defend patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Oce. One of these newly-created...more

Did King.com Really “Trademark” the Word Candy?

Much of the independent video game world is up in arms regarding the recent news that large UK game developer King.com has “trademarked” the word CANDY. Many see this as an attempt by a Wonka-esque behemoth to grab control...more

Thinking About Franchising Your Business?

As a successful business owner or business owner with a new and trendy concept, you probably get approached frequently by people hoping to acquire rights to operate your business “back home.” You are probably flattered by the...more

Crisps = Chips = Crackers?

Seeing these on the store shelf this weekend reminded me that we are still anxiously awaiting the USPTO’s decision from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) as to whether the words “pretzel crisps” will be found...more

What's the Big Deal About Trademark Registration

In most U.S. states, merely using a trademark confers trademark rights to the owner. As such, many companies question why they should spend time and money registering their trademarks with the United States Patent and...more

Touch Trademark Update

‘Tis the Season for billboard ads like this, sorry Nancy. Anyway, it reminded me of a very early post of mine on touch trademarks, here on DuetsBlog. That early blog post noted Diageo’s federally-registered...more

Hanging Around Trademark Disputes

When you hang around trademark disputes long enough you start to see patterns, at least, at the ends of the spectrum (or not). We have spilled much digital ink over allegations of “trademark bullying” — something that...more

Business Law Newsletter - November 2013

In This Issue: - False Notes in the Music Industry: Fiduciary Duty of Business Partners - Bankruptcy and Government Contractors - “I Have a Registered Trademark, Now What?” 3 Steps to Monitor and Enforce Your...more

How Much “Intent” is Enough to Support an “Intent to Use” Trademark Application?

For many years now, the US Trademark Office has accepted trademark applications based upon a “bona fide intent to use” the applied-for mark on all the goods and/or to provide all of the services listed in the application at...more

A Pair of Cheesehead Trademarks to Grate?

As a frustrated and bored Minnesota Vikings fan, Monday Night Football last evening caught my attention with the division battle between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. In case you missed it, the Packers lost to...more

Trademarks 101 PART 4: Avoiding Mistakes–Don’t Ignore Abandoned Applications or Cancelled Registrations

Here’s another mistake startups and entrepreneurs make when it comes to protecting their brand or image: Even if they’re trying to go through the trademark process and conduct searches, many startups and entrepreneurs...more

Google’s Latest Trademark Bugaboo?

Fame tends to attract attention, and imitation, especially unwanted imitation from, well, even pests. The Google trademark appears to have obtained such a high degree of fame that no third party can include the word “Google”...more

What Does the Suffix Say?

Ylvis, the Norwegian music/comedy duo, recently revealed the secret of the fox to more than a hundred and twenty-three million viewers on YouTube (as of this posting), answering the vexing question: What does the fox say?...more

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