Posts Tagged: Trademark Trial and Appeal Board


CAFC Affirms TTAB Decision Finding Likelihood of Confusion Between STRATUS and STRATA Marks

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) that denied registration of Stratus …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 0

TTAB Finds Standing for AT&T Mobility to Oppose Registration of CINGULAR

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has recently issued a decision allowing an opposition proceeding to continue after finding that opposer AT&T Mobility had standing …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Federal Circuit says THE JOINT is merely descriptive without acquired distinctiveness

On February 28th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) decision to refuse registration of two …
By Gene Quinn & Nancy Braman
3 months ago 0

Tangled Up in ‘Blue Ivy’: Beyoncé Battles Massachusetts Wedding Planner in Trademark Dispute

Beyoncé is more than just one of the music industry’s most recognizable stars. She has built a business empire that extends into entertainment production, fashion, major …
By Nicholas Hawkins
7 months ago 0

TPAC Discussions Focus on Office Funding, Government Shutdown & Trademark Legislation

The Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) held its first quarterly meeting of 2019 on January 25... Despite the projection that without a long term solution to the government shutdown …

Girl Scouts File Trademark Complaint Against Rival Boy Scouts

The Girl Scouts of the United States of America have filed suit to force the Boy Scouts of America to put the “Boy” back into “Boy Scout.” …
By Tiffani Otey & Phil Gura
1 year ago 1

Trademarks: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know about Securing and Protecting Trademarks

Trademarks protect distinctive marks, such as brand names, logos, and designs.  This protection allows a trademark holder to exclude others from using the mark without permission of …

Federal Circuit Finds TTAB Erred In Determining Genericnessof Coca-Cola’s ZERO Trademarks

On Wednesday, June 30th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Royal Crown Company, Inc., et. al. v. The Coca-Cola Company which …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 7

Federal Circuit Vacates TTAB’s Findings That ZERO Is Not Generic And Acquired Distinctiveness

In Royal Crown Co. v. Coca-Cola Co, the USPTO approved The Coca-Cola Company’s combination marks including the term ZERO, to be used on a variety of …

Rescuing Rapunzel: Suffolk Law Professors and students work to keep fairy tale princess in the public domain

United Trademark Holdings Inc. is attempting to trademark Rapunzel (and likely has plans for other fairy tale princess names) for its line of dolls. Law Professors Rebecca …

‘Cockygate’ Trademark Row Causes Heartbreak in U.S. Indie Romance Novel Publishing Industry

In recent weeks, the U.S. romance publishing industry has been roiling over a trademark issue which has been less-than-affectionately referred to as Cockygate. According to various …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 2

TTAB Says No Likely Confusion Between Rap Producer Dr. Dre and OB/GYN Specialist Dr. Drai

On May 3rd, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) issued a decision in a trademark opposition proceeding which was petitioned by Andre Young, the rapper and …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years ago 7