Category: Trademarks

Booking it to the District Court

A recent decision out of the federal district court for the Eastern District of Virginia overturned in part the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that the mark “Booking.com” is not registrable on the basis that the mark is generic.  Judge Brinkema presided over the continue reading...

KISS That Trademark Application Goodbye

We recently provided some commentary on Gene Simmons and his application to register the “devil horns” rock and roll hand symbol.  Well, you can now KISS that application goodbye, as Mr. Simmons has expressly abandoned his federal trademark application.  No details on the reason for continue reading...

USPTO Proposes Streamlined Cancellation Procedures

In its latest effort to clear deadwood from the Trademark Register, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes an expedited version of a cancellation proceeding known as a “Streamlined Proceeding.”  As described below, the proceedings continue reading...

How Much Fame Is Enough?

In its recent decision in Joseph Phelps Vineyards, LLC v. Fairmont Holdings, LLC, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified the proper interpretation of the fame of the  mark factor in determining whether there is a likelihood of confusion under the long-established multifactor continue reading...