Tag archives: USPTO

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

The New York Times Company Secures Registration of Six Column Names, Including LIKE A BOSS and THE NEW OLD AGE

In a precedential decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) reversed six refusals to register The New York Times Company’s (the “Times”) names of its newspaper columns, THE NEW OLD AGE, A GOOD APPETITE, HUNGRY CITY, WORK FRIEND, OFF THE SHELF, and LIKE A BOSS (the “Marks”). The Times applied to register the … Continue reading

TTAB Begins Pretrial Conference Pilot Program

This week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced a new pilot program for holding Final Pretrial Conferences (FPC) in certain inter partes disputes (i.e., oppositions and cancellations) before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). The goal of the pilot, according to the USPTO, is “to save time and resources of parties … Continue reading

Do Not Be Fooled (Part 2): USPTO Issues Warning of Spoof Calls from Scammers

We have written previously on this blog warning of misleading solicitations. For years,  scammers have impersonated the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in mailings, seeking payments from trademark owners for nonexistent services, such as trademark renewals. This week, the USPTO warned of a new scheme targeting trademark owners. The USPTO put out an … Continue reading

USPTO Adds 75 Climate and Green-Tech Terms to Trademark ID Manual

Earlier this month, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it is adding new climate and green tech-related terms to the Trademark ID Manual. The USPTO has already added 75 terms that include biomethane, research and development in the field of wind energy, and treatment of captured landfill gasses. Practically, the addition … Continue reading

TTAB revises its Rules of Practice

The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) is amending its Rules of Practice, effective January 14, 2017. On October 7, 2016, TTAB published a notice of final rulemaking in the Federal Register describing the revisions.  The new changes are intended to clarify and improve the efficiency of inter partes and ex parte appeal proceedings and … Continue reading
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