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CHEMIN DES PAPES Not Confusable with CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE CONTROLE for Wine, Says TTAB

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in The Womp Womp Word | 0 comments

In the case of Syndicat Des Proprietaires Viticulteurs De Chateauneuf-Du-Pape v. Pasquier DesVignes, the TTAB determined there to be no likelihood of confusion between the opposer’s registered mark CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE CONTROLE for “wines” and the applicant’s mark CHEMIN DES PAPES for “wines, sparkling wines.”   The Board noted that although there are similarities in the goods, trade channels, and classes of consumers, the first du Pont factor simply outweighed the other factors.    Though the Board dismissed the opposition with respect to “wines, sparkling wines,” it...

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Self-storage operator partners with the City of New York to combat counterfeiting

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in The Womp Womp Word | 0 comments

Self-storage operator partners with the City of New York to combat counterfeiting

You may recall that last summer, after a month-long investigation, City of New York officials seized approximately 44,000 counterfeit and unlicensed DVDs and CDs with an estimated value of over $550,000 from a self-storage facility in Brooklyn. The seizure was part of the Office of Special Enforcement’s ongoing efforts to combat counterfeiting. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the Office also filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary closing and restraining order—the first in city history against storage facilities.   Now, through an agreement with the City, Safeguard—the owners of...

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In Jesus’ Name

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in The Womp Womp Word | 0 comments

In Jesus’ Name

The Italian apparel company that registered “Jesus” trademark goes after infringers   Back in 2007, an Italian clothing company, Jesus Jeans, registered the word “Jesus” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, giving it exclusive rights to the name. Since then, the apparel line has gone after at least a dozen other clothing companies—mostly tiny, independent lines—that use the word “Jesus” without Jesus Jeans’ blessing. The latest company under attack is Jesus Surfed, a clothing line by Michael Julius Anton inspired by his time leading a singles ministry in Virginia...

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The 3D Printer is Coming…

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in The Womp Womp Word | 0 comments

The 3D Printer is Coming…

In light of the upcoming Season 3 premiere of the HBO series Game of Thrones, we thought there was no better way to introduce the copyright law implications of 3D printing than with two recent examples of 3D printed objects inspired by the popular show.  Loyal fans of the show will already know that the Iron Throne, the much sought after seat of power in the show, is a centerpiece of the series’ plot, as is the city of Winterfell, where much of the show takes place. Much like the imminent dangers beyond the Wall, it seems like the intellectual property questions and issues stemming from 3D...

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Apple Nears Settlement in Brazilian iPhone Dispute

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in The Womp Womp Word | 0 comments

Apple Nears Settlement in Brazilian iPhone Dispute

According to Brazil’s largest daily newspaper, Folha de São Paulo (via Forbes), Apple and Brazilian company IGB Electronica are close to reaching a settlement agreement over the iPhone trademark in Brazil.  Gradiente Electronica, an electronics brand owned by IGB, filed a trademark application for “iPhone” with the Brazilian Industrial Property Institute (INPI) in 2000, seven years before Apple launched its iPhone. In January 2008, the Brazilian company was granted exclusive trademark rights until 2018, as long as it produced a product bearing the “iPhone” name within five years....

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Greek Paddle Manufacturer Prevails on Laches Defense After Four Decades of Infringement in Abraham v. Alpha Chi Omega

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in The Womp Womp Word | 0 comments

What happens when a trademark owner waits over 30 years to enforce its trademark? The Fifth Circuit recently addressed this question in an opinion regarding a dispute between a maker of decorative sorority and fraternity paddles and several Greek organizations.   Thomas Kenneth Abraham has been designing, marketing and selling his products—long, wooden paddles decorated with Greek letters and insignia—since he founded his company, Paddle Tramps Manufacturing Co., in 1961. Abraham originally marketed his products directly to sororities and fraternities by showing samples and taking...

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