Category: Litigation

Booking.com Heads to the High Court

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the USPTO’s writ of certiorari to review traveling website company Booking.com’s trademark application for “booking.com”. The TMCA previously covered developments in this case here and here. Back in 2016, the USPTO rejected the company’s trademark application because the continue reading...

Wine Dispute Has No Legs: Trademark Opposition Alone Insufficient to Create a Justiciable Controversy for Declaratory Judgment Actions

Two recent decisions from the Western District of North Carolina in Winestore Holdings LLC v. Justin Vineyards & Winery LLC provide a tasting of the requirements for bringing a declaratory judgment action for non-infringement of a trademark in federal court. The Court in Winestore held continue reading...

Trademark Practice Tip: How to Settle a Trademark Opposition Proceeding and Obtain Judgment Against the Applicant After an Application is Abandoned

Most opposition proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO settle before final judgment, often based on a negotiated settlement agreement requiring the abandonment of the opposed application. In these circumstances, will judgment be entered against the applicant and in favor of continue reading...