Trademark Law

Who has Standing to Oppose or Cancel My Trademark?

The first question in any trademark opposition or cancellation proceeding is likely a question of whether the opposer (for opposition proceedings) or petitioner (for cancellation proceedings) has standing to pursue the action. The rules for establishing standing, meaning a sufficient interest in the mark to litigate, are relatively easy toThe first question in any trademark opposition or cancellation proceeding is likely a question of whether the opposer (for opposition proceedings) or petitioner (for cancellation proceedings) has standing to pursue the action. The rules for establishing standing, meaning a sufficient interest in the mark to litigate, are relatively easy to

What is a Trademark Cancellation Proceeding?

A trademark cancellation proceeding is an administrative proceeding, similar to a civil federal lawsuit, before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in which one party requests that a registered trademark be cancelled. In other words, a mark that has successfully made its way through the trademark registration process stillA trademark cancellation proceeding is an administrative proceeding, similar to a civil federal lawsuit, before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in which one party requests that a registered trademark be cancelled. In other words, a mark that has successfully made its way through the trademark registration process still

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International Trademark Filing Made Easy With the Madrid Protocol

U.S. companies that conduct business abroad or that are interested in expanding into international markets should seriously consider the benefits of filing for international trademark protection on the valuable trademarks associated with the business. Having international trademarks in place can help protect the company’s brand, identity and products from beingU.S. companies that conduct business abroad or that are interested in expanding into international markets should seriously consider the benefits of filing for international trademark protection on the valuable trademarks associated with the business. Having international trademarks in place can help protect the company’s brand, identity and products from being

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State of Michigan Lacks Standing in M22 Case

On April 21, 2017, Western District of Michigan Judge Gordon J. Quist ruled the State of Michigan lacks standing in a declaratory judgment action to declare the use and registration of federally registered marks are unlawful. TTAB Proceedings On December 3, 2013, the State of Michigan filed a cancellation proceedingOn April 21, 2017, Western District of Michigan Judge Gordon J. Quist ruled the State of Michigan lacks standing in a declaratory judgment action to declare the use and registration of federally registered marks are unlawful. TTAB Proceedings On December 3, 2013, the State of Michigan filed a cancellation proceeding

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Social Media for Businesses: Risks and Rewards

Revision Legal partner, John DiGiacomo, presented at the Business Owners Speaker Series in Traverse City. He focused on how to minimize the risks of online marketing and social media for businesses. According to John, the biggest mistake companies make is not acquiring social media channels prior to launch. The second biggestRevision Legal partner, John DiGiacomo, presented at the Business Owners Speaker Series in Traverse City. He focused on how to minimize the risks of online marketing and social media for businesses. According to John, the biggest mistake companies make is not acquiring social media channels prior to launch. The second biggest

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Chicago Trademark Attorney

Revision Legal’s intellectual property lawyers are located in Southwestern Michigan and are Chicago trademark attorneys that give businesses the advice they need at the price they want. Our experienced intellectual property lawyers have registered hundreds of trademarks and protected the intellectual property rights of businesses across the United States, includingRevision Legal’s intellectual property lawyers are located in Southwestern Michigan and are Chicago trademark attorneys that give businesses the advice they need at the price they want. Our experienced intellectual property lawyers have registered hundreds of trademarks and protected the intellectual property rights of businesses across the United States, including

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How to Cancel a Generic Trademark

To remove a trademark from the Federal Register, a petitioner can file what is known as a Petition to Cancel with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), an adjudicatory body within the United States Patent and

To remove a trademark from the Federal Register, a petitioner can file what is known as a Petition to Cancel with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), an adjudicatory body within the United States Patent and

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Affirmative Defenses in Trademark Infringement

Affirmative Defenses in Trademark Infringement Affirmative defenses in trademark infringement cases is an excuse for the conduct of a potential trademark infringer, which would allow continued use of the mark. There are two affirmative defenses to trademark infringement: fair use and parody. Fair Use Defense A fair use defense inAffirmative Defenses in Trademark Infringement Affirmative defenses in trademark infringement cases is an excuse for the conduct of a potential trademark infringer, which would allow continued use of the mark. There are two affirmative defenses to trademark infringement: fair use and parody. Fair Use Defense A fair use defense in

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Split Circuit: Nominative Use or Trademark Infringement?

What is Nominative Use? What is nominative use? When most people need to blow their nose they will ask for a Kleenex. Most people do not realize that what they are actually asking for is a certain brand of face tissue. However, many people equate Kleenex with all face tissueWhat is Nominative Use? What is nominative use? When most people need to blow their nose they will ask for a Kleenex. Most people do not realize that what they are actually asking for is a certain brand of face tissue. However, many people equate Kleenex with all face tissue

What’s Up With the M22 Trademark?

What’s up with the M22 trademark? John DiGiacomo explains trademark law, and how M22 can trademark a sign that’s in the public domain. For more information about trademark services or how Revision Legal can assist with your trademark issue, please use the contact form on this page, or call us atWhat’s up with the M22 trademark? John DiGiacomo explains trademark law, and how M22 can trademark a sign that’s in the public domain. For more information about trademark services or how Revision Legal can assist with your trademark issue, please use the contact form on this page, or call us at