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How Will Brexit Impact International Trademark Applications and Registrations?

“IP Completion Day”, when the Brexit Transition Period for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU) officially ends, is December 31, 2020.  Many businesses in the United States have registered their trademarks in the EU or have international registrations that are awaiting grants of protection from the EU. After IP Completion Day, how will the protection of international trademark registrations in the EU and the UK be impacted? New Protections from the UK… If […]

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Get Your Submissions in Now — Trademark Fees are Going Up in 2021

On January 2, 2021, many fees for trademark applications and maintaining trademark registrations  are going to increase according to a recent announcement from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Which fees are going up? There are quite a few, including applications for trademark registration, maintenance filings, and some Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) filings. Additionally, there will be a number of completely new fees. Below, we’re going to cover some of the […]

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The Bold Business of Bold City

“Managing a business through a pandemic is not for sissies.” That is what Susan Miller with Bold City Brewery told me when I interviewed her for this article. Susan and her son, Brian Miller, started Bold City Brewery in 2008 during the recession. They survived that economic downturn and built a successful family business brewing beer and distributing it throughout Florida. Over time, they developed a strong brand and registered the trademarks for several of […]

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What You Need to Know about Getting Someone’s Trademark Canceled

Is it possible to cancel a U.S. trademark registration owned by someone else?   Yes. But there are rules and procedures that guide the process. Namely, you have to file a petition to cancel. Petitions to Cancel are filed with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), an administrative body responsible for hearing and deciding different types of trademark disputes.   Why would anyone want to cancel a trademark registration owned by another entity or individual? […]

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The Washington Redskins and the Creation of a New Trademark

In a move that was long overdue, the Washington Redskins football team announced this week that they will change their name. The first date of use claimed by Pro-Football, Inc. for the team name was over 80 years ago, on September 19, 1937. Now they have to start the process of creating and protecting a brand new trademark. There is much speculation about what the new trademark name and design will be. But most people […]

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In the Eyes of the Consumer: US Supreme Court Rules “Booking.com” Is Protectable Mark

Written by Guest Author, Marks Gray Summer Law Clerk Julianna R. Favale On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the United States Supreme Court, in an 8-1 ruling, upheld a lower court ruling that “Booking.com” is eligible for federal trademark registration. It was a long time getting there for the online travel company. Beginning in 2012, Booking.com B.V. filed numerous applications to register Booking.com as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. However, the […]

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