Snack Attacks

The latest trademark brand dispute involves two snack food companies with compelling messages to damn the diets and move full speed ahead to binge eating perdition.  The marks allegedly likely to confuse snackers are “Get Crackin’” owned by Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds LLC and Utz Quality Foods LLC’s “Get Snacking!”  While Wonderful is known for its … More Snack Attacks


The Federal Circuit affirmed the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board’s “TTAB” refusal to register the stylized Mark ‘CHURRASCOS’ for restuarant services finding the term generic as used for a restaurant, because the word “refers to beef or grilled meat more generally” and that the term “identifies a key characteristic or feature of the restaurant services, namely, … More HOLY CHURRASCOS!

“Disparaging” Trademark Meets Commercial Speech Protections

Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act prohibiting the federal trademark registration of disparaging marks was recently held to violate the 1st Amendment freedom of speech protections by the Federal Circuit Court in “In Re Tam.”  The mark refused registration is the name of an Asian-American rock band called “The Slants.”  Though the band’s lead singer, … More “Disparaging” Trademark Meets Commercial Speech Protections

IP Trademark Presentation Stamford, CT

On April 27, I had the pleasure speaking at the Ferguson Library in Stamford as part of SCORE’s “Intellectual Property: What You Need To Know” Program.  SCORE’s Fairfield County Chapter is an excellent resource for entrepreneurs seeking advice and mentoring about business issues.  Of course the takeaway from my part of the presentation was that … More IP Trademark Presentation Stamford, CT

Top Ten Trademark Registration Benefits

Brand development requires distinctive marks used to identify your goods or services.  Registration of these marks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office ” USPTO” confers a number of benefits.  Here are some of the most important. 1.  Exclusive Nationwide use of the trademarks for branding and building sales through advertising and marketing, therefore … More Top Ten Trademark Registration Benefits

Starbucks Charred Again

For those of you who enjoy a fun case, the saga of Starbucks v. Wolfe’s Borough Coffee “WBC” is for you. During the course of this epic ten year battle pitting the famous international coffee purveyor against the small New England roaster, the law of trademark dilution has been analyzed, argued and then revised by … More Starbucks Charred Again