Ron Coleman Comments on the TTAB''s "BENNY GOODMAN" False Association Decision
If I could write as well as Ron Coleman writes, I'd quit my day job. At his Likelihood of Confusion blog, Ron comments (here) on the Board's "BENNY GOODMAN" decision of July 26, 2012. [TTABlogged here]. You will recall that the Board affirmed a Section 2(a) refusal to register the mark BENNY GOODMAN COLLECTION THE FINEST QUALITY (stylized), shown below, for fragrances, cosmetics, leather goods and clothing, finding that the mark falsely suggests a connection with the late band leader, composer, and clarinetist, Benny Goodman.
Ron picks up on a question that I posed in the comments: "How is Section 2(a) false association like 43(c) dilution protection?" His response is worth a read.