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  • Red Bull is opposing the trademark application of  Old Ox Brewery, The opposition filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office claims Old Ox confusingly similar the the famous energy drink. Red Bull is arguing that “an ‘ox’ and a ‘bull’ both fall within the same class of ‘bovine’ animals and are virtually indistinguishable to most […]

  • The USPTO has updated the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure (the ‘TMEP’).  The new manual incorporates changes including: Renaming of Express Mail® to PriorityMail Express® Reduction of Fees for Trademark Applications and Renewals; and Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Rules of Practice and the Rules of Practice in Filings Pursuant to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid […]

  • Two San Franciso noodle restaurants are boiling made at each other.  Chubby Noodle has filed a trademark suit against Fat Noodle, claims that Fat Noodle’s chosen name is “confusingly similar” and will make customers believe that the two separate noodle-loving companies are related.     The suit also notes that both restaurants’ logos “incorporate a stylized […]

  • The current beta version of the USPTO.gov website will become the new website beginning February 5th.  You can preview the new site and watch a one-minute video on the site’s new features. The new navigation is supposed to make it easier to access information about the available services and learning how to accomplish tasks. For example, […]

  • Owning a Federal trademark registration provides several distinct advantages, including the ability to file a trademark lawsuit to protect the mark. In order to obtain a trademark, applicants must be able to show current use of the mark in commerce, or their intent to use their mark “in commerce” in the future. What do you […]

  • Filing a trademark application requires some decisions to be made. One of the most important choices is the depiction of your mark. Every application must include a clear representation of the mark you want to register. This representation is used by the Trademark Office to file the mark in the USPTO search records. In addition, […]

  • Blog by Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee When President Obama last year announced a handful of executive actions to build a better patent system, one of those actions focused on improving clarity in patent claims. The president recognized that patents with clearly defined […]

  • Deputy Director Lee blogged about the status of the USPTO’s operating reserves. “I want to tell you more about our proposal to reduce total trademark fee collections. The reduction is possible due to efficiencies that have allowed the office to create an operating reserve. The proposed reduction maintains a reserve sufficient to manage operations and […]

  •  London-based King.com Ltd., maker of the popular game “Candy Crush Saga,” is seeking a US trademark for the word “candy.” The trademark application covers not only “Apps featuring computer games, namely, computer game software” but also hundreds of other goods and services, including: Camcorders; Cameras; Cassette players; Compact disc players… DVD players; Downloadable electronic publications […]

  • The new USPTO permanent satellite office in Denver, Colorado, will officially open on June 30, 2014. Located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver’s central business district, Denver satellite office will also soon begin hiring patent trial judges and patent examiners. The new office will help the region’s entrepreneurs advance cutting-edge ideas to […]

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