Monday, November 01, 2010

TTAB Hot Stove League Opener: LA Dodgers Oppose BROOKLYN BURGER logo

The Los Angeles Dodgers, apparently hoping to salvage something from this season, have filed an opposition (here) to registration of the mark BROOKLYN BURGER in the logo form below, for "hamburger patties." Los Angeles Dodgers, LLC v. A. Stein Meat Products, Inc., Opposition No. 91197089 (filed October 25, 2010). [News report here].

The Dodgers claim likelihood of confusion with their registered mark BROOKLYN in the stylized form shown below, for "baseball games and exhibition services and a variety of goods and services, including, but not limited to, apparel, beverage containers, printed matter and novelty items." The Dodgers also make a "false connection" claim under Section 2(a).

TTABlog comment: Stein Meat Products must be bummed out! Who do you think will win?

Text Copyright John L. Welch 2010.


At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Keith Danish (NY baseball Giants fan) said...

This brings to mind the 1993 litigation in the E.D.N.Y., when the LA Dodgers failed to stop the use of "Brooklyn Dodger Bar" as the name of a bar in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Do the LA Dodgers possess any "goodwill" in Brooklyn? Fuggedabowdit!

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Marta R. said...

If you use Facebook, you will have noticed that a number of people have changed their photos these past few weeks to the logos of various baseball teams. So given MLB's propensity for believing it owns everything, when do you suppose the C&Ds are going out?

At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MLB continues to rise up the list as a trademark bully.

As noted by CNBC this one seems about 52 years and 3000 miles too late.

I like the quote in the NY Daily News too:

"Oh, f--- them! What do they have to do with Brooklyn?" said Lindi, 41. "They left Brooklyn years ago. We don't let nobody push us around. Change our logo? Oh, fuhgeddaboudit. Tell them to come down here, we'll straighten it all out."

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Keith Danish said...

The MLB IP attorneys are now the steroid-users, not the players!

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A quick review of the TTABVUE shows that MLB or affiliated clubs may have as many as 100 or more oppositions or Extensions of time pending.

They appear to file and then immediately request an extension of time.

Here are some of the marks they have opposed in the last few weeks alone: C.U.B. Technology, BAT, Brewgrrs, COOL RAYS, LET TEDDY WIN, THE BREW CREW, TRIBE TAG, STRIKE FORCE, B., ROYAL TEAM, A.

They even went after MAJOR LEAGUE WOODWORKING awhile back. That ended in a default.

Talk about highly paid players! I wonder what this is costing the teams. It appears to all be handled by one firm.

MLB = Major League Bullies.


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