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Registrations for Golden Knights Still Refused…Partially

Posted in Mixed Bag of Nuts, Trademarks, USPTO

Another update on my series of posts following the newest NHL expansion team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the difficult time they’re having prosecuting their trademark applications. The applicant Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC (I’ll call applicant “the team”) applied to register LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS and VEGAS GOLDEN NIGHTS in connection with… Continue Reading

What’s in a name? Registration obtained for “Johnny Hockey”

Posted in Branding, Mixed Bag of Nuts, Trademarks, USPTO

Applying for a federal trademark registration for a name or nickname can be tricky business.  For example, the registration of a mark is prohibited if it is “primarily merely a surname,” meaning that the primary significance of the mark to the public is a surname (such as “Johnson”), unless there is a showing of acquired distinctiveness. See TMEP §§ 1211, 1211.01-.02.  By… Continue Reading

When You’re A Jet You’re A Jet All The Way … Unless You Eventually Become A Coyote Or Start Out As A Thrasher

Posted in Branding

For those of you following professional sports generally, and hockey in particular, you now know that Winnipeg has a new NHL team called the Winnipeg Jets. The “new” Jets recently unveiled their updated logo which you can see compared to the old logo above. Now, the “new” Jets are not to be confused with the former NHL… Continue Reading