There are three intellectual property classification systems named by the city in which the system was established. Can you name the three systems? Continue reading
Earlier today I wrote a blog article about a trademark application that had been filed by Ohio State University for the word “the”. I predicted that it would get refused as “merely ornamental”. But alert reader Edward Weller drew my attention to an earlier trademark application in which someone else also seeks trademark protection for the word “the”. You can see the TSDR record here. Continue reading
It is all over the news that Ohio State University has filed a trademark application for the word “the”. I predict that the USPTO will mail an Office Action refusing registration in this trademark application. Here’s why. Continue reading
Brazil has joined the Madrid Protocol. The Protocol will enter into force for Brazil on October 2, 2019. Continue reading
Sigh. Even as respected a publication as the National Review doesn’t know the difference between a patent and a trademark. Continue reading
Thursday, July 4, 2019 will be a federal holiday in the District of Columbia. For this reason, the USPTO will be closed on that day. This means that any action or response that would normally be due on July 4, 2019 will be timely if it is done by Friday, July 5, 2019.
Sometimes a trademark practitioner will have a pending US trademark application (“the Junior Application”) that has been suspended pending the disposition of an earlier application (“the Senior Application”). And sometimes the Senior Application will “have one foot in the grave” in the sense that it has received a Notice of Allowance and has not, apparently, timely filed a Statement of Use. In such a case, the natural question is, how long does it take the USPTO to get around to formally declaring the Senior Application abandoned? I looked at a couple of recent cases to see. Continue reading
Today is the day! The Madrid Protocol enters into force today with respect to Canada. Continue reading