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Rio, superbowl, fairuse?
  • Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
  • USA
  • August 17 2016

It’s Olympics time! And while most of the news has been about Zika and the conditions on the ground in Rio, brand owners know this as a time when the

TTAB Test: Which Of These Three Section 2(d) Refusal Was Reversed?
  • Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC
  • USA
  • August 8 2016

Last Friday, the Board decided three Section 2(d) appeals, reversing one of the refusals. Some say that 95 of the time, one can predict the outcome

TTAB Dismisses Surname Oppositions to SCHLAFLY for Beer, Finding Acquired Distinctiveness
  • Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC
  • USA
  • August 4 2016

The Board dismissed two oppositions brought under Section 2(e)(4) and claiming that the mark SCHLAFLY for beer is primarily merely a surname. The

Federal Circuit Denies Registration of Generic Mark
  • Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC
  • USA
  • August 1 2016

The Federal Circuit recently affirmed the TTAB's ruling in In re Cordua Restaurants LP, finding the term CHURRASCOS (stylized) to be generic for

International Trademark developments
  • ByrneWallace
  • European Union, Ireland
  • July 29 2016

A recent ruling by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”) serves as a robust reminder of what is acceptable in terms of brand

TTAB Test: Is "HOME BREWING CO." Merely Descriptive of Beer?
  • Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC
  • USA
  • July 21 2016

It's not easy to pick a viable trademark for beer, as the Wall Street Journal noted in a recent article, "Hopportunity Cost: Craft Brewers Brawl Over

Micro-breweries need to get crafty about intellectual property
  • South Africa, USA
  • July 11 2016

The South African craft beer scene has exploded in recent times, with new and exciting breweries and beers being made available to consumers almost

TTAB Test: Is DUO for Beer Confusable with DUO for Wine?
  • Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC
  • USA
  • July 1 2016

Uinta Brewing Company applied to register the mark DUO for beer, but the USPTO refused registration under Section 2(d) on the ground of likely

Revision der Verordnung über die Benützung des Schweizer Namens für Uhren
  • MME Legal Tax Compliance
  • Switzerland
  • June 30 2016

Die 1971 erlassene Verordnung über die Benützung des Schweizer Namens für Uhren (kurz: Swiss made-Verordnung für Uhren) regelt den Gebrauch der

“Churrascos” Is Generic for Restaurant Services
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • June 28 2016

On appeal from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the TTAB's refusal to register a