This week’s New & Noteworthy TTAB filings feature a lot of logos and design marks. Among them are oppositions and cancellations from “frequent filers” Major League Baseball and Monster Energy.
Creating a Monster – Monster Energy Opposes More Trademark Applications
Monster Energy has frequently been accused of overreaching when it comes to enforcing its trademark portfolio – in fact, Gerben Law Firm’s Josh Gerben discussed trademark bullying in a Fox News segment about a recent Monster Energy opposition proceeding.
Monster Opposes Inspirational Design Mark
Monster Energy opposes a design mark that incorporates one of its energy drink trademarks, UNLEASH THE BEAST. The Design Mark in question is below, and it would seem questionable that anyone looking at that design mark would ever think of Monster’s products. The Design Mark seeks registration for various apparel. Notably, Monster’s UNLEASH THE BEAST trademark applications do not cover apparel and Monster is relying on common law rights based on its use of the phrase on t-shirts for over 10 years. 2/18/2015 – Link to Proceeding