Trademark Registration Amendments Are Now Allowed (Temporarily) for Evolving Technology

Yesterday, the USPTO announced a new pilot program pursuant to which it will allow trademark registrations to be amended where the trademark owner now sells different products from those covered by the original registration due to evolving technology.  In the absence of this pilot program, such trademark owners would have to abandon their existing registration […]

FTC New Guidance on Unfair Competition

In a move characterized as “unprecedented,”  on August 13, 2015,  the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Statement of Enforcement Principles describing the principles that guide FTC’s enforcement against “methods of unfair competition” prohibited under Section 5 of the FTC Act.  It is not yet clear what prompted the FTC pronouncement or what impact it […]

Post Holiday Trademark Sale!!!!!!!

The USPTO announced that they are having a sale.  You can save $50 per class on all new trademark registration applications and $100 on all renewals.  The Final Rule issued on December 16, 2014 announced that trademark filing fees will fr be reduced. Small Print:  Unfortunately, the discounts will not be effective in time for […]

Recovering Legal Fees in Trademark Litigation Just Got a Little Easier

Law suits are expensive.  Even when the issues seem like they should be straight forward, cost is both a powerful deterrent before the complaint is filed and a significant strategy consideration during the course of a law suit.  In a recently decided case, the 3rd Circuit has made recovering attorneys fees in trademark litigation a […]

Redskins Trademark Registrations Cancelled Again … It Has Been A Tough Week For “Poor” Daniel Snyder and His Washington Redskins

Much in line with how the 2013 season played out, Daniel Snyder and the Washington Redskins cannot win this week.  First, on Sunday, June 15, 2014, John Oliver rails on Mr. Snyder for holding fast to the Redskins name despite ongoing poor public sentiment.  Then, on June 18, 2014, for the second time in the […]