North Jersey Media Group Inc. is the copyright owner of the iconic photograph of three firefighters raising an American flag at the ruins of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
You know that feeling when you’ve nearly crossed the finish line? You have done the work, put in the time, and the only step left is to run through the tape.
SCOTUS Rules Federal Courts Can Be Bound by Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decision On Likelihood of Confusion
On March 24, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that prior decisions by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) can prevent federal courts from later deciding whether there is a “likelihood of confusion” in trademark infringement lawsuits.
B&B Hardware, Inc. owns the federally registered trademark SEALTIGHT for aerospace industry fasteners. Hargis Industries, Inc. tried to register the trademark SEALTITE for construction industry fasteners with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).
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The Supreme Court issued its second trademark ruling of the term on Tuesday, ruling that federal court decisions on “likelihood of confusion” sometimes can be precluded by earlier rulings about trademark registrability issued from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB” or “the Board”).
In B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. (No. 13-352), the U.S. Supreme Court settled the question whether a finding by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) can trigger issue preclusion in later federal court litigation.
You may, like me and hundreds of others, have had the “Blurred Lines” verses: “I know you want it, You’re a good girl, You’re far from plastic, Talk about getting blasted, I hate these blurred lines,” stuck in your head.
Any system of property rights functions best when all parties know the metes and bounds of the property. Our patent system is no different, and that is why the ongoing, two-day Patent Quality Summit at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO’s”) is so significant.
If you are using a name, word or symbol to sell goods or services, you have a protectable mark.