MVALaw Blogs

Dilution & the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB)

The TTAB recently handed down its precedential decision in Nike, Inc. v. Peter Maher and Patricia Hoyt Maher, 100 USPQ2d 1018 (2011).  In this decision, the Mahers filed an application to register the mark JUST JESU IT in connection with items of clothing, including t-shirts and caps.  Nike opposed registration based on its prior rights to the mark JUST … Continue reading »

The Day the Medinol Died: The CAFC’s decision in In re Bose and subsequent decisions of the TTAB

On August 31, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) handed down its decision in In re Bose, 91 USPQ2d 1938 (Fed. Cir. 2009).  The collective sigh of relief taken by trademark attorneys across the country created enough wind energy to power a mid-size city.  The CAFC had overruled the Draconian … Continue reading »