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

[Webinar] Trademark Trends: A Mid-Year Review - July 17th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Join Sterne Kessler’s Global Trademark & Brand Protection team for our mid-year review webinar, when we will take a closer look at the latest developments in trademark law. From recent court decisions to industry-trends, our...more

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Trademark Insights: What the First Precedential TTAB Expungement Decision Means for You

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As a trademark applicant, encountering a prior registration that obstructs your path to registration is never a pleasant experience (nor for your attorneys who have to inform you about it). The frustration only intensifies...more

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Sage Therapeutics Prevails in USPTO: Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Opposition to SAGEFORTH Mark

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The USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a precedential decision on April 12, 2024, in favor of Sage Therapeutics, finding a likelihood of confusion between Sage’s SAGE CENTRAL mark and the mark SAGEFORTH, and...more

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EDVA Judge Trims Down Claims in Trademark Dispute Arising From Business Sale

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A pending EDVA case shows how the failure to address intellectual property rights in an asset sale can mushroom into multinational litigation, including a dispute over trademark rights in the United States....more

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MarkIt to Market® – June 2024: Home Is Where the Domicile Address Requirement Is

In 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced Trademark Rule 2.189 (37 CFR § 2.189) as part of its larger efforts to combat fraudulent filings and unauthorized practices. Under the rule, all...more

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Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Lanham Act’s Names Clause

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In Vidal v. Elster, a unanimous Supreme Court of the United States reversed the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision, holding that the Lanham Act’s names clause does not violate the First Amendment or...more

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Supreme Court Upholds Names Clause in Trademark Law, Emphasizing Historical and Traditional Foundations

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In a landmark decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the Lanham Act’s provision that prohibits the registration of trademarks consisting of, or...more

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

A Trademark Dispute Plays Out Before the NAD

Planting Hope had a registration for the RIGHTRICE trademark, but that registration was canceled in January 2024 by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”) in a default judgment proceeding after Planting Hope failed to...more

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From Rubio's Joke to the Supreme Court: The Journey of 'Trump Too Small' in Vidal v. Elster

Does the Lanham Act’s restriction on registration of trademarks that include an individual’s name without the consent of such individual violate the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, even when the mark expresses...more

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Supreme Court Rejects TRUMP TOO SMALL Trademark

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“TRUMP TOO SMALL”- This is the trademark that Steve Elster has been trying to get registered for the past six years since filing his trademark application all the way back in January 2018, during the Trump presidency. Since...more

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The Ninth Circuit Addresses Judicial Power over Trademark Applications and the Lawful Use of Trademarks on Cannabis (I Mean,...

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The Ninth Circuit issued two opinions in BBK Tobacco & Foods LLP v. Central Coast Agriculture, Inc. finding judicial power over pending trademark applications and an exception shielding trademark registrations for marks used...more

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Certification Marks and Fame

Trademark owners have the right to stop third parties from using marks that could cause a likelihood of consumer confusion. Third-party use of a trademark that is the same or similar to the owner's trademark for goods related...more

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Minority Owners of a Trademark Registrant, Who neither Use nor Possess Ownership Rights in the Mark, Cannot Seek Cancellation of...

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Appeal from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: Parties that own minority shares in the trademark registrant, but do not separately use or possess an ownership right in...more

McDermott Will & Emery

Sour Grapes: Winery Minority Ownership Insufficient for Statutory Standing at Trademark Board

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a petition seeking to cancel the registered marks of two wineries, finding the petitioner (a trust owning an interest in a competitor winery) lacked...more

Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP

Battling Brands: The Fight For Trademark Territory

In a David vs. Goliath-esque legal saga, Rogue Fitness (ROGUE), a well-known workout products company, finds itself embroiled in a trademark dispute against Rogue Ridge LLC (Rogue Ridge), a mountain bike seller. At the heart...more

Foley Hoag LLP - Making Your Mark

Trailblazers, OutKasts, and Iconic Brands: The INTA Annual Meeting in Atlanta

The INTA Annual Meeting is here! As one of the largest gatherings of trademark professionals from around the world, the INTA Annual Meeting offers opportunities for networking, education, and collaboration. Against the...more

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USPTO’s Guidance on AI-Based Tools

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Earlier this month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the United States Department of Commerce issued guidance on the use of artificial intelligence tools when practicing before the USPTO. As...more

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In re Post Foods, LLC: TTAB Denies Color Mark for Post’s Fruity Pebbles

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The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (Board) precedential decision to uphold a refusal to register a proposed color mark in In re Post Foods, LLC highlights the strategic and technical aspects involved in registering a...more

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

USPTO Provides Guidance on Using AI-Based Tools in Filing and Preparing Patent and Trademark Applications

On April 11, 2024, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) published new guidance on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) based tools in connection with preparing and prosecuting patent and...more

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Supreme Court Asked to Clarify Activities that Give Rise to Specific Personal Jurisdiction

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In Impossible X LLC v. Impossible Foods Inc., Impossible Foods recently filed an opposition to Impossible X’s petition for certiorari, which asks the Supreme Court to decide (1) whether some disputes should require so-called...more

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New Utah NHL Team Takes Shot-Pass With Nine Intent-to-Use Trademark Applications

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Though the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing, a lot of off-ice activity is happening as a result of the sale of the Arizona Coyotes to Utah Jazz owners Ryan and Ashley Smith’s Smith Entertainment Group. Most hockey...more

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A Tableau of Consumer Confusion – Are Alcohol Beverages and Bar Services Always Related?

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A recent decision from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board may make bars and alcoholic beverage brands think twice about their trademark selections. In In re Caymus, the Board upheld a refusal to register TABLEAU, based in...more

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

MarkIt to Market® – April 2024: Trademarks are for Parents, Not Children

Children are all too familiar with parents telling them that everything they own is actually mom and dads. And as frustrating as this is to hear as a child, a recent opinion from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s...more

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

MarkIt to Market® – April 2024

Welcome to the April 2024 issue of Sterne Kessler’s MarkIt to Market® newsletter. This month, we discuss why it’s important for businesses to think critically about who they are listing as their trademark owners, how the TTAB...more

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Sole Searching: Trade Dress Hopes Booted as Functional, Nondistinctive

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court’s summary judgment grant in a trademark dispute, finding that the district court did not err in concluding that a subset of design elements lacked...more

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