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Federal trademark registration is no assurance the registrant’s use will not be successfully challenged.

     Notwithstanding favorable examination of a federal trademark application by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, it is possible that someone may object to registration of the applied-for mark and or its use.  Generally, this would be based on a likelihood of confusion claim.      In the Office, objection to registration can be in […]

Ways to avoid a United States Patent and Trademark Office action concerning a product and service description before filing a trademark application.

One of the most common actions issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“Office”) concerning a trademark application has to do with the product or service description given by the applicant (i.e., the identification of goods or services).  Typically, the action says the identification is unacceptable as indefinite and requires clarification.  In many […]

Chrysler’s “Imported from Detroit” slogan and design

Does a clothing company, named Pure Detroit, offering T-shirts emblazoned with IMPORTED FROM DETROIT and a flying fist-like design bringing to mind the Chrysler logo, violate trademark rights Chrysler claims in that combination?  It was featured in a Chrysler 2011 Super Bowl commercial. Check it out.