Trademarkology: The Law of the Brand

Trademarkology: The Law of the Brand

Tag Archives: PTO

Specimen Pilot Program

Posted in Brands, Copyright, Trademarks
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “PTO”) has launched a new pilot program designed to ensure that specimens of use submitted to the PTO reflect actual use of the mark in commerce. A mark is “used in commerce” within the meaning of the federal trademark statute (the Lanham Act) when the mark is… Continue Reading

Audits: They’re Not Just for the IRS Any More

Posted in Patents, Trademarks
Recently, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “PTO”) issued its 5,000,000th registration. (Congratulations to the owner of COASTAL TACO BAR + CHILL!). It took until 1974 for the PTO to issue the 1,000,000th registration, but only about five years lapsed between the 4,000,000th and 5,000,000th registrations. Not only is the number of trademark… Continue Reading

Redskins Trademark Registrations Cancelled…but Why?

Posted in Trademarks
Kevin has given us a play-by-play on the developments of the cancellation proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) involving Washington Redskins trademarks. Nearly a week has passed and it remains a hot button issue, particularly here in DC. While we all seem to understand that a number of trademark registrations were cancelled by the… Continue Reading