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Supporting USPTO Pro Bono Programs

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The USPTO first established a pro bono program to help “financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses” pursue patent protection for their inventions under the America Invents Act (AIA). The USPTO recently...more

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Key Takeaways: Annual Review of U.S. Federal Case Law and TTAB Developments

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Ted Davis recently presented his “Annual Review of U.S. Federal Case Law and TTAB Developments” at the International Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting. Mr. Davis provided a concise analysis of...more

McDermott Will & Emery

It’s Not in the Bag: TTAB Refuses to Register Generic Handbag Design

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Ending a hard-fought three-year campaign to secure registration of a popular handbag, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) Trademark Trial & Appeal Board designated as precedential its decision refusing registration of the...more

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Rights of Privacy and Publicity TOO SMALL to Overcome First Amendment Freedom of Speech

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During the 2016 presidential primaries, then presidential candidates Donald Trump and Senator Marco Rubio exchanged insults, with Trump calling Rubio “Little Marco” and Rubio commenting on the size of Trumps hands. Recently,...more

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Trademark Registrations: The Principal Register vs. Supplemental Register

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintains two trademark Registers: the Principal Register and the Supplemental Register. As the chart below shows, these Registers share some important commonalties but...more

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5 Key Takeaways - Combating Misrepresentations in Trademark Prosecution and Maintenance: The Trademark Modernization Act and...

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Ted Davis and Rita Weeks recently presented on the topic of “Combating Misrepresentations in Trademark Prosecution and Maintenance: The Trademark Modernization Act and Beyond.” The Trademark...more

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Trademark Modernization Act—What New and Upcoming Changes Could Mean for Your Trademarks

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The Trademark Modernization Act (“TMA”) was signed into law on December 27, 2020. Among other things, the TMA created new procedures for challenging pending applications and registrations and updated several rules relating to...more

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“TRUMP TOO SMALL” Trademark Decision Leaves Big Questions

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Revisiting jurisprudence touching on the Lanham Act and the First Amendment from the Supreme Court’s decisions in Matal v. Tam and Iancu v. Brunetti, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that applying Sec....more

Fish & Richardson

The Basics of TTAB Cancellations

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TTAB Cancellation Actions: Terminating an Infringing Trademark Registration - You learn that another person or entity has a registered trademark at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “USPTO”) that is...more

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

CBD and Hemp Legal and Regulatory Roundup – March 2022

Welcome to our weekly roundup of CBD and hemp-related legal and regulatory news: Hemp - Wash. lawmakers want to end hemp-derived THC before session ends...more

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The First Amendment Trumps Another Restriction on Trademark Registrations

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On February 24, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in In Re: Elster, overturned the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) refusal to grant a trademark registration on the phrase “TRUMP TOO SMALL” for...more

Fox Rothschild LLP

The Federal Circuit Deals Another Blow to the Lanham Act, Finding Section 2(c) Unconstitutional as Applied to a Refusal to...

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Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) reversed a TTAB decision affirming a refusal to register the phrase TRUMP TOO SMALL because it “comprises the name of [former] President Donald...more

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First Amendment Trumps Statutory Ban on Trademark Registration

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IN RE STEVE ELSTER - Before Dyk, Taranto, and Chen.  Appeal from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: The Patent and Trademark Office violated the First Amendment by refusing to register the trademark TRUMP...more

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[Webinar] Combatting Misrepresentations in Trademark Prosecution and Maintenance: The Trademark Modernization Act and Beyond -...

The Trademark Modernization Act, many aspects of which went into effect December 27, 2021, implemented numerous changes to United States trademark practice, including codification of letters of protest, changes to the...more

BakerHostetler

While CBD is Widely Available, Registering Marks for Ingestibles with CBD is Not

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In two recent decisions, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) made it abundantly clear that attempting to register a mark for ingestibles containing cannabidiol (CBD) likely will be an exercise in futility. In In...more

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Fighting Over a Band Name

In an opinion filed on September 17, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a precedential decision that TTAB Trademark Cancellation proceedings do not preclude infringement claims in federal...more

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP

Federal Circuit Affirms Refusal to Register Generic Top-Level Domain Trademarks

On February 2, in In re: Vox Populi Registry Ltd., the Federal Circuit affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) refusal to register a standard character mark and a stylized mark, both related to the “.sucks”...more

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PTAB/USPTO Update - February 2022

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USPTO Leadership - ..Drew Hirshfeld is still performing the functions and duties of Director. President Biden nominated Kathi Vidal to be the next Director. On Jan. 13, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-5 to forward...more

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This .SUCKS: Trademark Applications for Identical Characters Is a No-Go

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The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (Board) decision affirming the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) refusal to register two trademark applications for “.SUCKS.” In...more

BakerHostetler

.SUCKS’ Luck Sucks: Federal Circuit Affirms Refusal to Register .SUCKS for Failure to Function

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On Feb. 2, 2022, the Federal Circuit decided In re Vox Populi Registry Ltd., an appeal from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (Board) affirmance of the refusal to register a stylized version of the term .SUCKS. Vox...more

Knobbe Martens

Generic mark lacked sufficient stylization to serve as a source identifier

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In Re VOX POPULI REGISTRY LTD. Before Lourie, Dyk, and Stoll, Circuit Judges. Appeal from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: Stylizing an otherwise generic character mark using ubiquitous lettering does...more

Fenwick & West LLP

Expungement and Reexamination and Shorter Trademark Office Action Response Periods, Oh My!

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Yes, you read that correctly. Trademark practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as we know it is about to change (well, at least in part). The USPTO recently published its final rule implementing certain...more

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Federal Judge Holds Swiss Cheese Makers’ Claim to Gruyere Full of Holes

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INTERPROFESSION DU GRUYÈRE, et al., v. U.S. DAIRY EXPORT COUNCIL, et al., Twas all about exclusive right to control the use of Gruyere for cheeses in the US. This case began with a 2015 application by Interprofession du...more

Burns & Levinson LLP

Trademark Board Confirms That Applications Must Assert Lawful Basis at Time of Filing Application

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In a recent decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB or Board) considered whether an application based upon an “intent to use” a mark in commerce may be predicated on proposed use with currently unlawful goods...more

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MarkIt to Market® - January 2022: Watching the Pot™

When Fame is the Name of the Game - As of the third quarter of 2021, Swedish music streaming company SPOTIFY boasted 381 million monthly active users worldwide – significantly more than the population of the entire United...more

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