MarkIt to Market® - January 2021

[co-author: Joseph Diorio, Law Clerk]

The January 2021 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® newsletter discusses: a recent non-precedential TTAB decision on background designs; the Trademark Modernization Act; Pantone's Color of the Year for 2021; litigation surrounding CBD extraction technology; and the new gTLD open sunrise periods.

In this issue:

- Fading into the Background: Melissa & Doug's Red Oval Mark Unregistrable Without Evidence of Independent Use

- Prove It: TMA Sets Forth New Streamlined Approach to Combat the Rise of Fraudulently Registered Trademarks

- It's a Two-fer: Pantone's Color(s) of the Year for 2021

- Watching the Pot™

- gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open: January 2021

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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