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As the Trademark Fraud Pendulum Swings

Posted in Articles, Law Suits, Trademarks, TTAB, USPTO

Once upon a time, and for decades thereafter, trademark fraud claims were highly disfavored. They were criticized as unproductive litigation diversions — “often pled,” but “rarely proven.” To succeed — during that lengthy period of time — the alleged fraud had to be “proven to the hilt,” with “clear and convincing evidence,” leaving nothing to… Continue Reading

Trademark Fraud Claims Won’t Go Away Despite CAFC’s In re Bose Decision

Posted in Articles, Law Suits, Trademarks, TTAB, USPTO

Trademark fraud claims aren’t going away, despite the fact that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has not found fraud in a single trademark opposition or cancellation since the Federal Circuit decided In re Bose in 2009, rejecting the prior “knew or should have known” standard in favor of the much more difficult and heightened… Continue Reading

Trademark Fraud No More?

Posted in Law Suits, Trademarks, TTAB

Just over two years ago, we reported on the CAFC’s landmark trademark fraud decision of In re Bose, here, here, and here. In addition, I wrote a piece for Thomson Reuters’ Client Times Online called True Lies, Trademark Fraud, and the Medinol Detour: The Federal Circuit Reverses In re Bose." Our friend, John Welch over at the… Continue Reading

What Serious Trademark Owners Do

Posted in Trademark Bullying, Trademarks

There are many things that serious trademark owners do throughout the lifecycle of a trademark to mitigate risk, protect the valuable goodwill in their underlying brand, and preserve their valuable investment in this important intellectual property asset. Here is a fairly extensive, but certainly not exhaustive, and often forgotten, list of those things: Clear new marks before using them… Continue Reading

Trademark Attorneys & Verified USPTO Statements

Posted in Almost Advice, Law Suits, Trademarks, TTAB

"Just because you can," is rarely a good reason to support a decision that really matters. This principle is no less true in the trademark world than it is elsewhere. So, relying on your own navigation of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) online search database without also seeking a trademark attorney’s competent analysis of the… Continue Reading

Registration Symbol Misuse As Trademark Fraud?

Posted in Marketing, Trademarks, TTAB

Trademark types frequently encounter brand owners and managers with substantial misunderstanding and confusion about when use of the federal registration notice symbol is lawful. Most of the time a misuse or technical violation results from an honest mistake, but sometimes the misuse is, and starts out intentional, or perhaps the misuse begins to look intentional if it isn’t promptly… Continue Reading

Trademark Fraud = Reckless Disregard For The Truth?

Posted in Trademarks

Aaron Keller was busy yesterday making weighty predictions about the basis for our next economy: The Designed Economy. As I prepare to provide attendees at the Midwest IP Institute tomorrow with a trademark fraud update — today, I thought I’d provide a preview — and even go out on a small limb — making a couple of predictions of my own, relating… Continue Reading

Tavern on the Green Dispute Rages On

Posted in Trademarks

— Karen Brennan, Attorney The Tavern on the Green dispute came to a swift end, for the time being. U.S. District Court Judge Miriam Cedarbaum granted summary judgment in favor of the City of New York, ordering cancellation of LeRoy’s federal trademark registration for the TAVERN ON THE GREEN mark in connection with restaurant services on… Continue Reading

Reverse Domain Name Hijacking: An Emerging Negligence Standard?

Posted in Domain Names, International, Trademarks

A recent domain name decision under ICANN’s Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP Policy), captioned Bin Shabib & Associates (BSA) LLP v. Hebei IT Shanghai ltd c/o Domain Administrator, found reverse domain name hijacking, under some rather interesting, if not questionable circumstances. The Rules that govern the UDRP Policy define Reverse Domain Name HiJacking as "using the… Continue Reading

CAFC Redirects TTAB in Trademark Fraud Ruling Today: In re Bose Decided

Posted in Law Suits, Loss of Rights, Trademarks, TTAB

Today is a really, really big day for trademark types. As many of us have been saying for a couple of years now, trademark fraud (i.e., fraud on the U.S. Trademark Office) continues to be one of the hottest issues facing trademark owners and the attorneys who represent them. Perhaps after today, not so much, but who really… Continue Reading