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Secondary Meaning

Secondary Meaning

Secondary Meaning – Zatarain’s v. Oak Grove Smokehouse Secondary Meaning – Terms that are merely descriptive are not usually protectable under the Lanham Act...
Supplemental Register & Your Descriptive Mark

Trademark Trial Appeal Board & Infringement Lawsuits

Trademark Trial Appeal Board & Infringement Lawsuits Trademark Trial Appeal Board (TTAB) – In B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries the United States Court of Appeals for...
Three Intellectual Property Protections

Three Intellectual Property Protections

Three Intellectual Property Protections – Navigating Different IP Protections Three Intellectual Property Protections – You now have a business and with it, a whole...
Genericide: How Success May Cancel Trademark

Genericide: How Success May Cancel Trademark

Genericide: How Success May Cancel A Trademark Genericide Discussion – What do the terms “Thermos,” “Aspirin,” and “Yo-Yo” have in common?  They are all...
Voluntary Cessation and Loss of Standing

Voluntary Cessation and Loss of Standing

Voluntary Cessation and Loss of Standing Voluntary Cessation Case – Competitors should not be able to use trademark lawsuits as offensive weapons.  This was...
Gucci America Inc v. Guess Inc – When Imitation Exceeds Flattery

Gucci America Inc v. Guess Inc – When Imitation Exceeds Flattery

Gucci America Inc v. Guess Inc – When Imitation Exceeds Flattery Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Good artists borrow; great artists steal. ...
Trade Dress Rights - Beyond Words & Logos

Trade Dress Rights – Beyond Words & Logos

Trade Dress Rights – Beyond Words & Logos Trade Dress Rights – Trade dress is a form of intellectual property. Trade dress is the...
Supplemental Register & Your Descriptive Mark

Supplemental Register & Descriptive Mark

Supplemental Register & Descriptive Mark Supplemental Register & Your Descriptive Mark – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is aware that not every...
Degree of Protection & The Spectrum of Distinctiveness

Degree of Protection & Spectrum of Distinctiveness

Degree of Protection & Spectrum of Distinctiveness Degree of Protection & Spectrum of Distinctiveness – So, you’ve got a mark in mind that you...
Federal Trademark Registration Benefits

Federal Trademark Registration Benefits

Federal Trademark Registration Benefits Trademark Registration Benefits – These days, it seems like everyone’s on the trademark registration train, but some might not even...
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