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TTAB Refuses to Register “The Slants,” Finding it to be “Disparaging”

Posted in Section 2(a), Trademark, Trademark Prosecution, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

Written by: Susan Neuberger Weller Racial and ethnic disparagement is a hot topic at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board these days. While a decision is still pending in the latest cancellation action involving the long disputed WASHINGTON REDSKINS professional football team marks, the Board in In re Simon Shiao Tam, recently affirmed a federal… Continue Reading

LINSANITY: The Trademark

Posted in Anticybersquatting, Domain Name, Section 2(a), Section 2(c), Trademark Prosecution

On the heels of recent attempts to trademark a celebrity baby name comes the story of an attempt to obtain trademark protection for the name of a sports celebrity.  Well, a variation of a sport celebrity’s name.  This time, two trademark applications were filed last week for the mark LINSANITY — as in the current craze caused by Jeremy Lin, a player… Continue Reading

BLUE IVY CARTER: What to Get a Child Who Has Everything? A Trademark Registration.

Posted in Intent-To-Use Applications, Section 2(a), Section 2(c), Section 2(d), Trademark, Trademark Prosecution, Uncategorized

Since the birth last month of their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are no doubt experiencing the typical joys of first-time parenthood.  Those first looks, smiles and coos.  But they are struggling with at least one parenting issue that most of us don’t have to worry about:  trademark protection for their baby’s name.  Beyoncé’s company, BGK… Continue Reading