U.S. Supreme Court to decide if TTAB rulings matter

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Guest Blogger: Ashley Ann Czechowski, University at Buffalo Law student On December 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments to decide if decisions by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to refuse or cancel registration of a trademark should be binding in subsequent trademark infringement litigation. In the case of B&B Hardware, […]

USPTO TTAB cancels Redskins Trademark


On Wednesday, June 18, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) issued a ruling that canceled the federal registration of six trademarks related to the Washington Redskins of the National Football league. The petition was brought to TTAB by five Native Americans in an attempt to cancel the trademarks […]

Interview with Wine Expert Rebecca Christie

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Recently, Barbara A. Piazza and I had the opportunity to meet with Rebecca Christie, the proprietor of “Savory Sips,” an exclusive wine store located in the heart of Lewiston, New York. During our visit Rebecca shared her vast knowledge of the wine industry. She spoke of the wonderful wineries along the Niagara Wine Trail and […]

GoDaddy.com not Liable for Cybersquatting


The ACPA did not not provide a cause of action for contributory  cybersquatting. The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled December 4, 2013 on the matter. The court affirmed a district court’s grant of summary judgement in favor of the website, GoDaddy.com. (Petroliam Nasional Berhad v. GoDaddy.com, Inc.) The ACPA imposed civil liability for cybersquatting on persons […]

Jack Daniel’s Defends Trademark in Recent Case


Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey has recently taken to the courts to defend their trademark rights. Jack Daniels believes an independent brewer selling “Popcorn Sutton’s White Whiskey”, has infringed on their trademark rights, in particular the trade dress of Jack Daniels signature whiskey bottle. It is important to note that trade dress (the packaging or labeling […]

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Practice: A Comprehensive Review- Book Review


Trademark law is a staple of any intellectual property attorney’s practice, and should be a topic most independent inventors or business owners are at least familiar with. It is highly likely therefore that these parties will at some point in their ventures have to deal with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), either to […]