In a non-precedential opinion, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board cancelled two US trademark registrations for the mark PORTON, finding it to be confusingly similar to the mark PATRON. Patron Spirits International AG v. Pisco Porton, LLC, Cancellatio No. 92059527 (January 4, 2017). PORTON is the brand name for a Peruvian brandy sold by Pisco Porton. PATRON is the brand name for a Mexican tequila sold by Patron Spirits International. Continue Reading Trademark Trial and Appeal Board: Non-Spanish Speakers Would Confuse PATRON and PORTON Trademarks
Written by: Jamison Arterton
Over the past few years, numerous trademark infringement suits have been filed over keyword advertising. Last month, the 10th Circuit weighed in on this subject, issuing a decision with broad implications. In 1-800 Contacts, Inc. v. Lens.com, Inc. , the 10th Circuit held that the use of another’s trademark to generate sponsored advertisements does not constitute trademark infringement.