TTAB Posts January 2012 Hearing Schedule
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has scheduled four (4) oral hearings for the month of January, as listed below. The hearings will be held in the East Wing of the Madison Building, in Alexandria, Virginia. [The hearing schedule and other details regarding attendance may be found at the TTAB website (lower right-hand corner)]. Briefs and other papers for these cases may be found at TTABVUE via the links provided.
January 10, 2012 - 2 PM: In re Modern Woodmen of America, Serial No. 77203020 [Section 2(d) refusal of MaxCL for "fraternal services, namely, life insurance underwriting" in view of the registered mark MAX in standard character and design form, for "underwriting of property and casualty insurance"].
January 17, 2012 - 11 AM: In re PBM Products, L.L.C., Serial Nos. 77368754 and 77385593 [Refusals to register VERMONT ORGANICS, in standard character and design form, for "infant formula having organic ingredients" on the ground that the word mark is primarily primarily geographically descriptive of the goods under Section 2(e)(2), and the design mark requires a disclaimer of VERMONT ORGANICS].
January 24, 2012 - 10 AM: In re 3M Company, Serial Nos. 77701886 and 77701928 [Refusal to register the product configuration marks (wedge-shaped dispensers) shown below, for "hand-sanitizing antiseptic with moisturizers," on the grounds of functionality under Section 2(e)(5) or, alternatively, failure to function as a trademark (lack of acquired distinctiveness), and failure to satisfy the requirement for an accurate and concise description of the marks].
January 31, 2012 - 11 AM: In re John Shope, Serial No. 77671449 [Section 2(d) refusal of JOHN SHOPE'S SINISTER INDUSTRIES for motorcycles and structural parts and motorcycle customization and maintenance services in view of the registered mark SINISTER CYCLES for "retail store services featuring motorcycle parts and accessories"].
Text Copyright John L. Welch 2012.