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Author: Matthew D. Asbell | Co-Author: Dongfang “Maggie” Wang(王东芳) | Category: | Tags: , , , ,

美国商标使用要求及相关的风险和应对策略

      首先感谢中国商标协会的邀请,赞助商王老吉以及中国商标协会及港专。 说到王老吉,我几天前才第一次喝过。大家都知道王老吉配方中有一些元素对人体有益,我希望在我回到美国后这个凉茶还能帮我化解对中国的思念。...

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U.S. Supreme Court: Trademark Tacking Should Be Determined By the Jury

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision written by Justice Sonya Sotomayor, issued its first trademark ruling in more than a decade. The Court held that “trademark tacking” is a factual issue properly determined by a jury, rather than a judge, because the determination relies upon the perspective of the ordinary consumer. Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, 135 S. Ct. 907 (2015). This may impact litigants’...

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Nationstar Mortgage v. Ahmad: fraud on the USPTO is alive again

In 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit significantly restrained the ability to attack a trademark application or registration on the basis of fraud. For the first time since that decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), in a precedential decision in Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Ahmad (Opposition No. 91177036, September 30, 2014), finally sustained a claim of fraud and clarified the standard of proof for such...

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新法速递:关于欧盟黑白商标及彩色商标的新规范

近期黑白商标在欧盟的保护范围和效力受到了质疑。建议商标权利人重新审视自己的商标清单,确认本次变化是否影响到自己的商标。...

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速通美国商标申请流程

在美国获得商标注册需要经历几个阶段,花费几个月甚至几年时间,取决于申请过程中涉及的不同因素和审查员提出的问题。以下将对申请过程中的各种阶段作重点介绍,包括1. 申请前的考虑因素;2. 新申请递交;3. 审查;4. 公告及异议;5. 允许注册(如有);6. 注册。如果需要更详细的指引,则需与我所商标部的律师联系。 1....

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A Black Hole in the Distinctiveness Continuum for U.S. Trademark Applications

Marks that border the line that divides descriptive from generic often topple into a virtual “black hole” on the distinctiveness continuum. The owner of such a mark may be required to meet an indefinite threshold of proof to establish with the U.S. Trademark Office that the mark has acquired secondary meaning to consumers as an identifier of source. This article will discuss specific instances in U.S. Trademark practice where this situation...

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