I took a look at Billboard's hot pop, country, rock, and hip-hop charts to see how frequently artists had filed US federal trademark applications for their individual names or band names, and to see how broadly artists tend to file. This is a very narrow dataset, with...

February 15, 2015

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board had a typically busy January, with several reported decisions that were atypically interesting (and a few that weren’t).  This post takes a look at each.

 

The More-Interesting Cases

 

Likelihood of Confusion

 

In re Thor Tech...

December 31, 2014

Like most trademark lawyers, I love the UDRP process – it’s quick and highly predictable. Given the number of domain names that are registered and used to profit on the goodwill of trademark owners’ marks, it is no surprise that trademark owners are usually successful....

December 15, 2014

- I'm now part of the Tennessee bar!  The comity request finished processing today.

 

- We have a new Leo Stoller in the trademark community: Trademark King, Inc.  Trademark King filed "used-based" applications (none of which had a specimen, of course) for over 150 m...

September 30, 2014

I am not by trade a litigator, beyond TTAB matters and arbitration proceedings, but there has been some really interesting litigation recently!  Here are three quick hits, combined into one longer post for your reading convenience. 

 

Copyright litigation

 

The Pharre...

July 17, 2014

One of the key factors in a likelihood of confusion analysis is a comparison of the similarity or dissimilarity of the goods or services offered under the two marks – the second du Pont factor.

 

One way to determine if consumers would understand two products or services...

May 30, 2014

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