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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Ten Facts about the USPTO’s New Expungement and Reexamination Proceedings

As 2021 drew to a close, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced two new procedures pursuant to the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (the “Act”), providing new, streamlined avenues to seek...more

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

New Proceedings under the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020: Expungement and Reexamination

As 2021 drew to a close, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced two new procedures pursuant to the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (the “Act”), providing new, streamlined avenues to seek...more

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP

Trademark Modernization Act Provides Cancellation of Unused Marks

The Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) came into force December 18, 2021. Key provisions of the TMA enlarge options for cancelling a trademark registration in whole or in part by targeting nonuse of the registered mark for...more

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

New Tools for Canceling Trademarks

Have you ever come up with the perfect name for branding your goods or services, only to find out that someone else has already federally registered the trademark for similar goods or services? Unfortunately, it is happening...more

Sullivan & Worcester

The Trademark Modernization Act: New Procedures, New Deadlines and New Standards

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On December 18, 2021, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rules implementing the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA) went into effect. The first major overhaul of the Lanham Act since 1998, the TMA introduced...more

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"MALLE" remains free for everyone - GC confirms cancellation of "MALLE" trademark

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The trademark "MALLE" remains cancelled. The EUIPO`s Board of Appeal had upheld a corresponding decision of the Cancellation Division in December 2020. This decision was now also confirmed by the (European) General Court...more

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“MALLE” bleibt für Alle da – EuG bestätigt Löschung der Marke “MALLE”

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Die Marke „MALLE“ bleibt gelöscht. Die Beschwerdekammer des EUIPO hatte im Dezember 2020 eine entsprechende Entscheidung der Löschungsabteilung aufrechterhalten. Diese Entscheidung wurde nun auch durch das EuG bestätigt,...more

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Changes to Federal Trademark Law and Their Effective Dates Under the Trademark Modernization Act and its Implementing Regulations

I. Introduction - On December 27, 2020, the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (“TMA”) became law after it passed Congress and was signed by the President as part of the year-end Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021....more

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Important Trademark Development from China for 2022: What US Brand Owners Need to Know

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China has been speeding up its legislative efforts in protecting trademark rights and improving its trademark administration. In 2021, China issued a number of new rules and regulations on trademark practice....more

Haug Partners LLP

Changes to USPTO Procedures from the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020

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On December 7, 2020, Congress enacted the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (the “TMA”). The United States Patent & Trademark Office (the “USPTO”) recently promulgated rules implementing the TMA, which, in large part, took...more

Jones Day

New Year, New Trademark Proceedings

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This year kicked off with new tools to help brand owners protect and enforce their marks. The use of a trademark in commerce is an important aspect of U.S. trademark law; however, an increasing number of trademark...more

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The Trademark Modernization Act’s New Cancellation Procedures are Now Effective

Is an unused registered trademark preventing you from clearing or registering your mark? Or was the blocking registration filed for goods or services that were not in use when the registrant declared that they were? As we...more

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USPTO Implements Trademark Modernization Act

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Earlier this month, certain regulations implementing the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) went into effect. Per the final rule, the new tools are primarily to clear the “deadwood” – that is, unused registered trademarks –...more

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Trademark Owners: What You Should Know About the USPTO’s Final Rules Implementing the TMA

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The Trademark Modernization Act (TMA) was signed into law on December 27, 2020, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced its final rules for implementing the TMA, the majority of which will...more

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

TTAB Rules That Reckless Disregard Satisfies the Intent to Deceive Standard for Fraud

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Twelve years after the Federal Circuit’s landmark In re Bose decision on fraud, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) has answered one of the questions not reached by Bose: whether reckless disregard of the truth...more

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German FCJ: Trademark owners bear the burden of proof for the public recognition of a trademark

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The German Federal Court of Justice recently published a decision (Case No. I ZB 16/20) clarifying that trademark owners bear the burden of proof for public recognition of a trademark within the affected trade circles in...more

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BGH: Markeninhaber tragen Feststellungslast für Verkehrs-durchsetzung einer Marke

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Markeninhaber tragen sowohl im Anmelde- als auch im Löschungsverfahren die Feststellungslast für die Verkehrsdurchsetzung einer Marke. Der Inhaber einer Marke sei am besten in der Lage, Beweis dafür zu erbringen, dass sich...more

McDermott Will & Emery

Standing Challenge Brews Trouble in Trademark Dispute

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Addressing for the first time Article III standing in a trademark case, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that hypothetical future injury is insufficient to establish standing to oppose a trademark...more

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Third Circuit Rules That Trademark Cancellation Proceedings Before The TTAB Do Not Preclude Later Infringement Lawsuits In Federal...

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On September 17, 2021, in Beasley v. Howard, 14 F.4th 226 (3d Cir. 2021), the Third Circuit joined the Second and Ninth Circuits in ruling that prior trademark cancellation actions in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal...more

Knobbe Martens

The Battle of Brooklyn: Lack of Concrete Injury and Prior Collaboration Doom TTAB Actions

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BROOKLYN BREWERY CORPORATION V. BROOKLYN BREW SHOP, LLC - Before Judges Dyk, O’Malley, and Hughes. Appeal from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: A challenger must demonstrate an injury in fact to have...more

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

MarkIt to Market® - October 2021: Ignorance is NOT Bliss: Reckless Disregard for the Truth Supports a Finding of Fraud

In a recent precedential TTAB case, Chutter, Inc. v. Great Management Group, LLC and Chutter, Inc. v. Great Concepts, LLC, 21 USPQ2d 1001 (TTAB 2021), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board found that reckless disregard for the...more

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

MarkIt to Market® - October 2021

The October 2021 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® newsletter discusses a precedential TTAB decision regarding fraud; the DEA's proposal to increase production quotas for several schedule I controlled substances,...more

Saiber LLC

Defendant Sings the Blues as Third Circuit Decides Claim Preclusion Based on Prior TTAB Decision Does Not Apply in Matter of First...

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In a recent precedential opinion, Beasley v. Howard, ___ F.4th ___ (3d Cir. 2021) (publication pending), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit determined, in an issue of first impression, that trademark...more

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TTAB Cancellation Proceedings Not Preclusive in District Court, Even Between Same Parties

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Addressing the preclusive effect of judgments by tribunals with limited jurisdiction, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that trademark cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB)...more

Akerman LLP - Marks, Works & Secrets

The Third Circuit Limits Preclusive Effect of the TTAB Rulings

On September 17, 2021, the Third Circuit held in Beasley v. Howard that trademark cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) do not have claim preclusive effect against trademark...more

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