• trademark

    The Agreement At Work

    by  • October 23, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    I have a crush on the trademark assignment agreement of the Tavern on the Green mark. It’s a tour de force of drafting. In a nutshell, for decades the City of New York leased the premises for the famous Tavern on the Green to a restauranteur. In 2009 the restauranteur lost its lease, but...

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    What Is the Mark Being Used?

    by  • September 24, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    What Is the Mark Being Used? Two entities are disputing the ownership of the domain name “coralgardens.com.” The domain name is owned by Reef Residences Management Ltd., a company that manages short term rentals for the Coral Gardens condominium resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies. The Proprietors, Strata Plan No....

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    Real Party in Interest

    by  • September 19, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    There is an ongoing dispute between the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, more commonly known as “The Grange,” and a former chapter in California. National Grange established the California State Grange in 1873 and it registered as a California corporation in 1946. In 2012, there was a dispute between the...

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    Saved by the Paris Convention

    by  • September 17, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    Here’s a drafting lesson: if you’re granting rights to a trademark, you should have the trademark rights. That sounds like an obvious lesson, but I’ll bet it happens all the time, in the same way it happened to defendant Worldwide Entertainment Group. I’ll bet a lot of you have done it. The plaintiff Adria...

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    It’s About the Evidence

    by  • August 27, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    Whole Foods Market filed an application to register the mark IDEAL MARKET for grocery stores, giving a first use date in 1940. Opposers Muwafak Kaki and Kaki Inc. opposed on the basis that they were joint owners of an IDEAL MARKET trademark that predated Whole Foods’ first use. Whole Foods filed a motion for...

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    When Is It a License?

    by  • August 20, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    When reviewing a settlement agreement, I often ponder the parts where it says something like “Party B agrees not to infringe the trademark in the future.” The agreement doesn’t need it; whether you say it or not Party B isn’t allowed to break the law. I suppose adding the language gives you a breach...

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    It’s All About the Evidence

    by  • June 4, 2018 • trademark • 1 Comment

    One of the interesting things about TTAB proceedings is that there is no live testimony before the people who will decide the case, the judges. That’s generally a good thing; it means the proceeding is less expensive and time-consuming. Trial testimony is done like a deposition, with just the parties and a court reporter,...

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    Get the Agreement Signed

    by  • April 30, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    This is a remarkable story. It’s a counter-intuitive result, not wrong, but so surprising. I present: THE VILLAGE PEOPLE!! (Go ahead, full screen. You know you want to.) There is no dispute that the plaintiff in this case, Can’t Stop Productions, Inc., created the Village People. The front man in the video, the police...

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    “Not So Fast” Coda

    by  • March 26, 2018 • trademark • 0 Comments

    I generally write about intangible property, but I hope you’ll forgive me if I write about one piece of tangible property. Many years ago I wrote about a lawsuit over ownership of the intellectual property rights in the car “Eleanor” from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” and in “Remake Eleanor” from the 2000...

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