USPTO Crackdown on Trademark Scammers Amazon Crackdown on Counterfeiters

Please join us 9/27/2021 at 1:00pm for a discussion: United States Patent and Trademark Office Crackdown on Scammers. For years, owners of United States Trademark Registrations have been plagued by scam letters requesting payments to renews trademark registrations. Though trademark registrations must be renewed, these letters did not come from the actual USPTO but a [...]

Prosecuting Chinese Counterfeiters: New Enforcement Strategies Learned from Fendi v. Yilang at Shanghai Higher People’s Court

The FENDI Decision is out! After 5 long years, the Shanghai High Court issued its final judgement in the case of Fendi v. Yi Lang. Defendant Yi Lang (no relative of this week's presenter, SoCal IP Partner Marina Lang) can no longer operate his "Fendi" stores in China, stocked with parallel goods.  We will discuss [...]

New Trademark and Copyright Decisions – Monday, March 8, 2021

New Trademark and Copyright Decisions: TTAB Rejects Express Abandonment of Application “Without Prejudice” After Adverse Final Decision Ninth Circuit Decision Takes Surprising Turn in Considering Copyright Damages Against Defendants with Joint and Several Liability In re Information Builders, Inc., Serial No. 87,753,964 (Feb. 25, 2021) (TTAB) [precedential], available here. When can an application be abandoned [...]

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Beginnings of a Federal Court Litigation – Monday, March 1, 2021

All are invited to attend our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 1, 2021 a 1:00 pm Pacific.  Due to the Covid-19 situation the meeting will be conducted online via video conference. This activity is approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit.  If you will be joining us, please RSVP to Elisha Manzur [...]

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Trademark Deceptiveness and Confusion – SoCal IP Institute – Monday, February 22, 2021

Recent Trademark Rulings on Trademark Deceptiveness and Confusion All are invited to attend our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 22, 2021 a 1:00 pm Pacific.  Due to the Covid-19 situation the meeting will be conducted online via video conference. This activity is approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit.  If you will [...]

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January 8, 2018 Trademark Office’s Bar on Immoral or Scandalous Marks is Unconstitutional Under the First Amendment ; Is DRIVEWISE confusingly similar with auto technology and insurance?

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, January 8, 2018, we will discuss the following cases: In Re Brunetti, (CAFC, December 15, 2017) (available here). Applicant tried to register the mark FUCT for clothing. The Examining attorney refused registration and the TTAB affirmed the refusal based on § 2(a) of the Lanham Act [...]

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SoCal IP Institute :: July 31, 2017 :: Clothing Trademarks ; Functional Designs

For our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017, we will discuss the following cases: In re Critelli, (TTAB. July 24, 2017) (available here). The USPTO refused to register the mark LAVA for outdoor survival clothing. LAVA ACCESSORIES had already been registered for "scarfs; travel clothing contained in a package comprising reversible jackets, pants, skirts, [...]

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SoCal IP Institute :: July 13, 2015 :: Standard for exceptional case and ownership of a registered trademark as between a foreign manufacturer and a U.S. seller

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, July 13, 2015 will be a discussion of the following cases: UVeritech, Inc. v. Amax Lighting, Inc., TTAB Cancellation No. 92057088, June 29, 2015 (available here).  In this TTAB cancellation proceeding, the U.S. seller petitioned to cancel the foreign manufacturer's trademark. The TTAB ruled in favor of the U.S. seller and [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: April 13, 2015 :: A Citeable TTAB Decision (ProMark v. GFA) and Timely Atty Fees Motion in Slep-Tone

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015 will be a discussion of the following cases: ProMark Brands Inc. v. GFA Brands Inc. (TTAB  March 27, 2015) (available here). Here, ProMark (later assigned to H.J. Heinz Company) opposed GFA's trademark application for the plain word mark SMART BALANCE for: frozen appetizers containing poultry, meat, seafood or [...]

SoCal IP Institute :: March 30, 2015 :: False Endorsement by Bob Marley and Issue Preclusion Based Upon TTAB Decisions

Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, March 30, 2015 will be a discussion of two cases. The first is a 9th Circuit trademark case involving the exploitation of Bob Marley's likeness.  For this case, we will be joined by Paul Bost, an associate in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin. He is [...]

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