TTAB's CAVERN CLUB Ruling Heads to Federal Court
At the Trademark Blog, Marty Schwimmer reports (here) that Cavern City Tours Ltd. has filed a complaint seeking Section 1071(b) review of the Board's decision in Cavern City Tours Ltd. v. Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc., Cancellation No. 92044795 (September 29, 2011) [not precedential]
The Board dismissed Cavern City's fraud and Section 2(a) false association claims concerning Hard Rock Cafe's registration of the mark CAVERN CLUB for clothing and restaurant and bar services (summarized at the TTABlog here). Marty provides a copy of the complaint as filed in the U.S District Court for the District of Nevada. Furthermore, as an expert on issues of trademark use by foreign entities (he's my go-to guy on that topic), he observes:
Plaintiff has added an infringement claim, so it will have the opportunity to establish protectable trademark rights in CAVERN CLUB prior to HRC’s ITU filing date. Readers of the [Trademark] blog know that the US doesn’t protect "reputation without use." On the other hand, cases such as Casino de Monte Carlo and Grupo Gigante (646 F3d 0309), give plaintiff a fighting chance to establish that it had protectable prior rights (if it is correct, for example, that plaintiff promoted the Cavern Club as part of its US advertising efforts in the 1991 to 1995 period).
Text Copyright John L. Welch 2011.