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By John L. Welch
The USPTO refused registration of the mark GAVIOTA, in standard character form, for "Luxury bathroom faucets; Water control valves for bathroom faucets; Plumbing fittings, namely, spouts for bathroom fixtures; Tub Spouts; Shower Heads; Handles for shower faucets; Plumbing fittings, namely, [and] shower control valves," on the ground of likely confusion with the registered mark SEAGULL for "water purification units and parts thereof."
By John L. Welch
In yet another decision involving the admissibility of Internet evidence, the Board made clear that its recent ruling in In re Mueller Sports Medicine ...
By John L. Welch
The Board dismissed an opposition to registration of PIRATE PISS for "beer, ale and lager," finding that confusion is not likely with the registered mark PYRAT for ""distilled spirits" (and PYRAT RUM for "rum").
By John L. Welch
In a precedential, ruling, the Board affirmed a Section 2(d) refusal of the mark 5IVE STEAKHOUSE & Design (below left) in view of the registered mark 5IVESTEAK (Stylized), both for "restaurant and bar services."
By John L. Welch
The USPTO refused registration of the mark SAVORY ROASTERS for "pet food; pet treats" [SAVORY disclaimed], deeming the mark likely to cause confusion with the registered mark HEARTY ROASTERS for "pet food."
By John L. Welch
In a bit of a snoozer, the Board affirmed Section 2(d) refusals of the mark THE TROPICS for "providing foods and drinks; providing of food and drink via a mobile truck; restaurant...
By John L. Welch
I will not make any references to the recent demise of the Houston Rockets.
By John L. Welch
Here's the scoop. In a brief nine-page opinion, the Board affirmed a Section 2(d) refusal of the mark PRETTY PLEASE WITH CHERRY ON TOP?
By John L. Welch
Hitting the trifecta is a good thing, right? Don't bet on it. Applicant Trilliant was hit with a "trifusal" (TM The TTABlog), in its application to register the mark NRG ...
By John L. Welch
On May 24, 2018, the USPTO issued "Examination Guidance for Compliance with Section 2(a)'s Scandalousness Provision While Constitutionality Remains in Question during Period to Petition...
By Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
In a long-running smartphone case that made headlines when it reached the Supreme Court in 2016, a California jury decided last week that Samsung owes Apple $533 million for infringing three design patents...
By John L. Welch
The Board affirmed a Section 2(d) refusal to register HONEYHOLE SANDWICHES for "restaurant with bar specializing in serving proprietary unique sandwiches, local beers and alcohol in a vibrant...
By John L. Welch
Here are three recent appeals from mere descriptiveness refusals under Section 2(e)(1). One of the refusals was reversed. Let's see how you do in the role of TTAB judge. [Answer in first comment].
By John L. Welch
Thank you Ted Davis for allowing me to post a link (here) to your 2018 outline of trademark decisions.
By John L. Welch
Ruling that website evidence from a no longer active website is not probative, the Board found the term CAVIAR to be not misdescriptive of applicant's pet foods and pet treats, and so it reversed ...