Category: Trademarks

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...

THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

On June 9, 2017, Gene Simmons of Kiss rock band fame applied with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) to register the following mark for “Entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical artist; personal appearances by a musical artist” in Class 41:   continue reading...

Fearless Girl

Fearless Girl Must Stay

We teach girls to shrink themselves To make themselves smaller We say to girls “You can have ambition But not too much You should aim to be successful But not too successful Otherwise you will threaten the man” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie In honor of continue reading...