LA/Anaheim Angels Oppose "IBIZA ANGELS & Des." for Clothing, Beauty Care
Travelling to the left coast for our latest Hot Stove League case, we learn that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (formerly known as the Anaheim Angels, the California Angeles, and the Los Angeles Angels), filed an opposition to registration of the mark IBIZA ANGELS in the design for shown below, for clothing, beauty care retail services, entertainment services (personal appearances by models), and beauty salon services. Unfortunately, the Applicant folded their wings after answering. Angels Baseball LLP v. Ibiza Angels Limited, Opposition No. 91181979.
The LA Angels of Anaheim claimed likelihood of confusion and false association, asserting that they have long used marks comprising or containing the word Angels and/or the design of an angel wing or halo, in connection with baseball entertainment and a wide variety of goods and services, including toys and games, paper goods and printed matter, and novelties.
I guess this goes to show that even angels can be bullies. Do you think there is any likelihood of confusion in the real world? Do you think that if this case were fully contested, the LAA of A would have prevailed? in all classes?
Text copyright John L. Welch 2009.