Posts in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board


MLBPA Files Opposition at TTAB over ‘Here Comes the Judge’ Trademark Application

On March 21st, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) filed a formal notice of opposition at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to challenge a …
By Steve Brachmann
10 days ago 0

TTAB denies Beyoncé requests in BLUE IVY CARTER Trademark Opposition Proceedings

In late December, Beyoncé’s trademark holding company lost out on a motion to amend the TTAB’s standard protective order to make certain information confidential under 37 …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0

Can the name of a fictional, intergalactic game evolve into a trademark protectable in the world of mere groundlings?

In its latest action in a multi-jurisdictional conflict with a mobile gaming producer, Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC and Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC filed a complaint for trademark …
By Cliff Kuehn
4 months ago 7

Vegas Golden Knights trademark challenged by U.S. Army at TTAB

The notice of opposition filed by the Army to challenge the “VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS” mark cites multiple grounds for opposition including priority and likelihood of confusion, dilution …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
4 months ago 0

Prohibition of Immoral or Scandalous Trademarks Held Unconstitutional

In re Brunetti, the Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) decision affirming a refusal to register the mark “FUCT” because it comprised immoral …

Making Sense of the Nonsensical: A look at Scent Trademarks and their Complexities

Hasbro’s recent application to trademark the scent of Play-Doh is an example of how companies in the digital age market their products and protect their market …
By Franco Galbo
5 months ago 1

Court affirms TTAB refusal to register ‘FIRST TUESDAY’ trademark for NC Lottery

In re N.C. Lottery, Appellant North Carolina Lottery (“N.C. Lottery”) sought to register the mark “FIRST TUESDAY” in connection with lottery services and games to …

Music Artist will.i.am Cannot Trademark “I Am”

In re i.am.symbolic, llc, William Adams, better known by his stage name “will.i.am”, was refused registration of a Trademark for “I AM” on …

Kroger files suit against Lidl alleging trademark infringement of private grocery food label

Cincinnati, OH-based grocery retailer Kroger Company (NYSE:KR) recently filed a trademark infringement suit against German-based discount supermarket chain Lidl over a private food label. The suit, …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 1

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door to Additional Constitutional Challenges to the Lanham Act

The Supreme Court ruled that the anti-disparagement clause in the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause in the First Amendment. Matal v. Tam. As a result, …
By Damian R LaPlaca
11 months ago 0

Event planner Blue Ivy wins motion for early discovery in trademark opposition case against Beyoncé

On June 21st, however, an administrative trademark judge at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) granted Blue Ivy’s motion for early discovery. The discovery is …
By Steve Brachmann
11 months ago 1

TTAB Must Consider ‘Fame’ of Trademark Using Totality of Circumstances

The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to deny the trademark cancellation petition, finding that the Board used an incorrect …

Frankly My Dear I Don’t Give a Tam: The Oddball Consequences of In re Tam

The Supreme Court heard oral argument on the cloudy Wednesday morning of January 18, 2017. Although the Justices posed tough questions and intricate hypotheticals to both sides, the tone …

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that could create venue limitations on patent infringement actions. A major Korean consumer tech firm files its first …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

Progressive house DJ deadmau5 targeted in trademark suit by Meowingtons cat-themed apparel retailer

Meowingtons is seeking to prevent Zimmerman from using a series of marks employing the term “MEOWINGTONS” as well as the destruction of all physical and digital goods …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0