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EVERYBODY is VS RACISM, so the Mark Fails as a Source Identifier

In a recent decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) to deny registration of “EVERYBODY VS RACISM” because the “public is unlikely to associate the mark . . . as a source-identifier” of GO & Associates, LLC’s (“GO”) goods and … Continue reading

Sweeter than Watermelon: When are Fruit Designs Functional?

The Third Circuit affirmed the cancellation of plaintiff PIM Brands, Inc.’s (“PIM”) trademark for “the shape of a wedge for candy, with an upper green section with white speckles, followed by a narrow middle white section and followed by a lower red section with white speckles” because “the whole trade dress of the red-white-and-green wedge … Continue reading

It’s a girl group, but a BOYS WORLD: When does a performing artist’s name function as a trademark?

In a precedential decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) reversed the decision of the Examining Attorney, concluding that BOYS WORLD for “audio recordings featuring music,” in International Class 9 functioned as a trademark. ZeroSix, LLC, 2023 U.S.P.Q.2D 705 (TTAB May 1, 2023). “Boys World” is the name of a musical “girl group” that … Continue reading

This Decision Rocks: Trademarking a Guitar-Shaped Building

In a precedential decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) allowed registration of the following design mark for “Casinos,” in International Class 41, and “Hotel, restaurant, and bar services,” in International Class 43 on behalf of the Seminole Tribe of Florida (“Applicant”): In re Seminole Tribe of Fla., 2023 TTAB LEXIS 184 (TTAB May … Continue reading

Don’t Mess With the (Aaron) Judge

In a precedential decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) found a likelihood of confusion between the applied-for marks sought by Applicant, Michael P. Chisena, and the common law rights owned by Opposers, Major League Baseball Players Association (“MLBPA”) and Aaron Judge (“Judge”). Major League Baseball Players Ass’n v. Chisena, 2023 U.S.P.Q.2D 444, 2023 … Continue reading

A Later-Filed Unattacked Registration Establishes Priority in Board Proceedings

In a precedential decision, The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) refused to reconsider its decision sustaining an opposition to registration of the mark “LOVETTE” on the basis of likelihood of confusion with the mark “NNENNA LOVETTE.” Nkanginieme v. Appleton, 2023 TTAB LEXIS 64 (TTAB Mar. 7, 2023). In its request for reconsideration Applicant, Lovette … Continue reading

Transliterations of Chinese Characters Require a Translation Statement

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) refused registration of the mark “ZHIMA” because the applicant, Advanced New Technologies Co., Ltd., did not submit a translation of ZHIMA into English. In re Advanced New Techs. Co., 2023 TTAB LEXIS 2, 2023 WL 181172 (TTAB Jan. 12, 2023). In the original refusal, the Examining Attorney determined … Continue reading

No Likelihood of Confusion Between “SMOKES & Design” and “SMOK”

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) found that there was no likelihood of confusion between the “SMOKES & Design” mark owned by Fancy Pants Products, LLC (“Applicant”), generally used in connection with cannabis products, and the “SMOK” mark owned by Shenzhen IVPS Technology Co. Ltd (“Opposer”), generally used in connection with electronic cigarettes. Shenzhen … Continue reading

TTAB Refuses to Cancel Harwood’s THE HAPPIEST HOUR Registration

In a precedential decision issued in September, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) denied a cancellation filed by JNF LLC (“JNF”) against Harwood International Inc. (“Harwood”). JNF applied for the mark THE HAPPIEST HOUR and Harwood owns a registration for HAPPIEST HOUR. Both marks are for use in connection with bar and restaurant services. … Continue reading

CAFC reverses Coca-Cola TTAB win in action involving Indian soda marks

In Meenaxi Enter. v. Coca-Cola Co., 38 F.4th 1067 (Fed. Cir. 2022) the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) reversed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) decision cancelling two registrations for marks identical to those used outside of the US by The Coca-Cola Company (“Coca-Cola”). In doing so, the CAFC held … Continue reading
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