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US Trademark Office to Randomly Review Declarations of Use (Sections 8 & 71)

The US Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) has made effective as of February 17, 2017 a rule concerning the examination of affidavits or declarations of continued use or excusable nonuse filed under section 8 of the Trademark Act, or affidavits or declarations of use in commerce or excusable nonuse filed under section 71 of the […]

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Trademark Consent Agreements May Not Always Prevent a Likelihood of Confusion According to US Patent and Trademark Office TTAB

The US Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) held in In re Bay State Brewing Company, Inc., Serial No. 85826258 (TTAB, February 25, 2016) that a consent agreement may not necessarily overcome a likelihood of confusion rejection by trademark examining attorney. At issue in the case was whether TIME TRAVEL BLONDE […]

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US Trademark Act Ban on Disparaging Trademark Registrations Held Unconstitutional by Federal Circuit

The en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) has struck down a provision of the Lanham Act that denies registration for “disparaging” trademarks. On December 22, 2015, the CAFC ruled in an appeal by Simon Shiao Tam, who wants to trademark the name of his Asian-American rock band, the Slants.  The […]

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US Patent and Trademark Office Experiences “Major Power Outage”

On December 22, 2015 the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reported a “major power outage”, resulting in damaged equipment that shut down the IT systems. The US Patent and Trademark Office provides full online electronic filing and processing for US patent and trademark applications and for maintenance of issued US patents and trademarks.  As […]

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Intella-IP Client Selected for CNBC Make Me a Millionaire Inventor

There are several TV shows that help independent inventors to achieve their dreams.  Most viewers are familiar with the Shark Tank.  Shark Tank has inventors/entrepreneurs compete for funding from potential investor sharks.  A newer show is called Make Me a Millionaire Inventor.  It is different from Shark Tank because once an inventor is selected to […]

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