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You May Not Be Entitled To Use Your Own Name

Working with several artisan food and alcohol producers as clients, we frequently notice that using one’s own name (first, last, or both) as a brand name in association with one’s goods is very common in these industries. Recently, a decision was handed down by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) that reminds us that, while using one’s own name… Continue Reading

Establishing “Use in Commerce” for a trademark can be tricky, as one hotel operator found

Registrant of a trademark for hotel services registered its marks based on "use in commerce," but the only use of the mark that was made at the time of filing was that the registrant had hired website and marketing consultants, made presentations at hospitality trade shows, and negotiated with a hotel company regarding possible collaboration …… Continue Reading