European Community Trademark registration for patterns and three-dimensional marks requires Acquired Distinctiveness in Each Member State

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European Community Trademark registration for patterns and three-dimensional marks requires Acquired Distinctiveness in Each Member State

Owners of pattern and three-dimensional marks should take note of the substantial burden of proving acquired distinctiveness of their marks through use throughout the European Union. On April 21, 2015, Louis Vuitton’s European Community trademark...

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B&B Hardware v. Hargis – What it Means and How it will Affect TTAB Litigation

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision that may significantly impact how Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) cases are litigated and whether potential litigants elect to forego TTAB litigation in certain circumstances.  In...

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REDSKINS affirmed as disparaging. Appealed to 4th Circuit.

On July 8, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Pro-Football, Inc. v. Amanda Blackhorse, et al.[2. Pro-Football, Inc. v. Amanda Blackhorse, et al., No. 1:14-cv-01043-GBL.IDD, slip op. (E.D. Va. July 8,...

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The Federal Circuit Reviews Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decisions on Inter Partes Review

There are now three decisions of the Federal Circuit on appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on inter partes reviews: In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC Belden Inc. v. Berk-Tek LLC and Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn Inc....

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