is an Associate with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP. She represents trademark clients at all stages of the intellectual property life cycle and egularly counsels clients in trademark prosecution, including preparing and filing trademark applications and trademark renewals with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She also performs trademark investigations and trademark searches for availability, both in international venues as well as in the U.S. She works to protect client’s valuable trademark rights by preparing cease and desist letters and has experience in preparing and defending trademark Oppositions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Subsidiaries of larger companies who are preparing to file a trademark application may want to think twice before deciding who to list as the Applicant. In April 2016, The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) issued a precedential decision canceling the trademark registration of a subsidiary because the parent company was the only one using the mark… Given the outcome of this cancellation action, companies with multiple entities should be on alert. Companies should first confirm that the entity actually using and controlling the mark is the one listed on the registration. If not, to avoid cancellation of the trademark, the entities should consider entering into a trademark license or an assignment.