Not every use of a trademark similar to a previously used trademark is infringement - even if its for the same words and the same goods and services. A case from a Texas federal court emphasizes the need to analyze a potential infringement in depth before attempting to enforce trademark rights.
One of the trickiest decisions is analyzing whether you have “commercial use” of your trademark that meets the USPTO (and the federal trademark law) “use in commerce” requirement, which is needed both to register a standard and “intent to use” trademark registration.
Having a strong, protectable trademark for your app is essential for a successful launch in today’s cutthroat mobile industry. There are millions of apps in the Apple App Store, Google Play store and other online app marketplaces and the competition can be fierce. Owning a federal trademark registration is an important step towards protecting your mark in the long term.
In a decision that will have a huge impact on the United States trademark system, the Supreme Court held that the federal law (the Lanham Act) which allows the USPTO to refuse to register “disparaging” trademarks violated the First Amendment and was unconstitutional. Simon Tam, the front man for the Asian-American rock band "The Slants" [...]
These materials were originally presented by Eric Perrott to the American Bar Associations’s Committee on USPTO Operations Relating to the Trademarks and Ex Parte Trademark Practice as a part of their “brown bag” trademark discussions. As trademark attorneys, we have all needed to sift through complicated ownership structures to attempt to figure out exactly who [...]
On-line Copyright and Trademark Enforcement: Why Registration of Your Intellectual Property is Critical
As many successful online entrepreneurs have found out, with success comes copycats, especially on marketplaces like Etsy, eBay, and Amazon. With access to platforms that allow anyone to easily set up an on-line store and sell goods, on-line infringement and counter-fitting of trademarks and copyrights has become a rampant problem. The single most effective step [...]
Amazon Hijacking Enforcement Strategies: Sending a Enforcement/Cease-and Desist Letter to Infringing Sellers
By: Eric Perrott, Esq. AMAZON LISTING HIJACKING. This term has become known to any Amazon seller who has seen an infringer take over one of its branded listings with counterfeit or otherwise non-branded items. Often the infringer is undercutting the genuine seller’s prices and selling subpar versions of the product. This is a widespread and [...]