In a recent federal court ruling, a judge articulated once again why famous brands enjoy greater rights than those that lack renown.
The case pits two giants in wholly unrelated fields— clothing versus alcoholic beverages.
The lesson? Food, beverage, and liquor sellers should exercise caution and select brand names that are not the same or are not similar to those of existing “famous” brands, even in completely unrelated fields. » Read More
Sour Patch Kids-maker Mondelëz Canada Inc. (“MCI”) has filed a trademark lawsuit against a THC-infused gummies maker selling under the brand “Stoney Patch.” July 19, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Mondelëz Canada Inc. » Read More
Today we have the pleasure of being joined by our guest, Pete Picetti of Heffernan Insurance Brokers. Pete specializes in serving food and beverage clientele, and recently served with me on a panel on Risk Management at the Summer Fancy Food Association’s Business Summit in Chicago. » Read More
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued helpful guidance on the examination of cannabis trademark applications. This guidance is the USPTO’s first pronouncement of how it will evaluate the legal use in commerce requirement for trademark applications covering cannabis goods and services. » Read More
Last week, I was fortunate to attend the Specialty Food Association’s Business Summit, a two-day conference in Chicago featuring essential tips and best practices for how to grow a specialty food company. Over 150 food companies attended. Our firm was honored to be one of the sponsors for the event, as you can see from the photo of our table at the opening night reception below. » Read More
So many food and beverage brand decisions have been making their way through the Trademark Office and the courts recently, I thought it would be a good idea to blog about some of them, and more importantly, about four key branding lessons they teach to emerging and established food and beverage companies, as well as restaurants. » Read More
Sometimes, it seems not a day goes by without a client calling about a trademark-related scam. To help you avoid becoming another victim, I am writing about two of the more common fraudulent schemes.
The first involves the transmission (via snail mail or email) to the owner of a trademark registration of a notice that looks official, and may even be labeled “Patent and Trademark Office.” The notice requests payment to “renew” a trademark registration, warning that if it is not received by a specific date, the trademark registration will expire. » Read More
In In re Jeffrey Butscher, Serial No. 87572095, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) reversed the Examiner’s refusal to permit the trademark registration of the mark CANNABIS CANNIBALS for “entertainment services, namely, an ongoing series featuring animated cannabis smoking cannibals provided through network or cable TV and the internet.” According to the Applicant’s IMDb page, “Cannabis Cannibals stories the irreverent and comedic life of two weed smoking cannibals, who move to America in pursuit of becoming Reality TV Stars, while at the same time battling their unique eating disorder.”
The Examiner asserted that the CANNABIS CANNIBALS mark merely describes the subject matter of the entertainment series, (i.e., cannabis smoking cannibals). » Read More
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