Monday, December 31, 2007

TTABlog Quarterly Index: October - December 2007

This past quarter saw many of the TTAB Rule changes go into effect, although reportedly the first discovery conference with Board participation will not occur until January 2008. The flow of decisions from the TTAB seemed to slow in the fourth quarter, perhaps because the Board was focusing on getting ready for implementation of the new Rules package. As of this writing, the tally for precedential decisions is at 65, which exceeds the last calendar year but is perhaps fewer than expected. Accompanying the listing are photos from my November trip to New Mexico, where we were treated to warm weather and lots of sunshine.

the Rio Grande
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Section 2(a) - Deceptiveness:

Section 2(a) - Immoral or Scandalous:

Section 2(d) - Likelihood of Confusion:

Section 2(e)(1) - Deceptive Misdescriptivess:

Section 2(e)(1) - Mere Descriptivess:

Section 2(e)(2) - Primarily Geographically Descriptive:

Section 2(e)(3) - Primarily Geographically Deceptively Misdescriptive:

Section 2(e)(4) - Primarily Merely a Surname:

Section 2(f) - Acquired Distinctiveness:



Failure to Function

Cane Cholla Cactus
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Identification of Goods:

Ownership of Mark:

Procedural Matters:

Specimen of Use/Mutilation:

near Madrid
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Leo Stoller:

Recommended Reading:


Text and photographs Copyright John L. Welch 2007.


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