TTAB Proceedings

TTAB Decisions May Give Rise to Issue Preclusion in District Courts: the Impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in B&B Hardware

On March 24, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., a case that involved the question of whether a decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) finding likelihood of confusion could preclude Hargis from contesting likeliood of confusion in federal district court. In short,…

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The First Steps After Receiving a Trademark Opposition

You filed a trademark application. You overcame the examining attorney’s office actions and got the application past the examination process. The application was approved for publication. Things were moving along swimmingly! You could almost feel that certificate of registration in your grubby little hands (but my hands are not grubby you protest—maybe not yours specifically…

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