The US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has dismissed a petition for cancellation of the mark MOMBACHO for cigars, rejecting the contention that the respondent's meager sales did not qualify as bona fide use of the mark.
Obtaining well-known status for a trademark can be a powerful tool for rights holders. However, different approaches must be used to secure enhanced protection. This three-part series considers the best route in 10 key jurisdictions, starting with the United States.
Legislation was tabled yesterday in the US House of Representatives calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It sparked a reminder on the agency's crucial role in the fight against counterfeit goods.
In a case regarding the Krusty Krab restaurant from SpongeBob SquarePants, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has confirmed that a specific element from a television series can receive trademark protection.
In a case involving competing producers of foam ear plugs, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held that there remained a dispute of material fact as to whether the bright green colour is functional for ear plugs.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has vacated a decision of the TTAB, holding that the latter had "asked the wrong question" in determining the genericness of Coca-Cola’s ZERO mark.
In a case involving competitors in the dog bag market, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed a summary judgment finding that no evidence had been presented from which a jury could infer that consumers were likely to be confused.
Research from the USPTO has revealed that registered trademark protection helps companies to grow, employ more people and innovate. Along with a slew of similar research findings, the study reinforces efforts to communicate the benefits of trademark rights.
In our latest report, we delve into Canada’s trademark landscape. We examine how a major overhaul of its trademark laws may lead to a clogged up register, take a look at filing and litigation trends, and much more.
Six major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter warning that the Trump administration’s recent tariffs place “significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes” and calls for an urgent rethink.
New data has revealed the leading trademark filers at the USPTO in 2017, with a Brooklyn-based doctor beating out major companies to lead the pack. One expert says “trademark league tables might not be dominated by large corporations in the future”.
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed in part and reversed in part a preliminary injunction prohibiting Skechers from selling shoes that allegedly infringed and diluted adidas’ trade dress and trademark.
In Variety Stores Inc v Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has reversed summary judgment in a trademark infringement dispute over the use of the term 'Backyard' on grills.
In a dispute over use of SLOPPY TUNA for a restaurant, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has addressed for the first time whether attorneys’ fees should be included in an award of costs.
A popular author has successfully registered a trademark for the term GRABBA THE TRUMP. Talking to World Trademark Review, the applicant states that he enjoys provoking major brands with his trademark applications.