Non profit trademark owners can be protective about their brand names, too.

Competing Alzheimer’s foundations recently battled it out in a trademark opposition before the Board.  In the end, the Board was more charitable to the Opposer, ruling in its favor on its likelihood of confusion claim.

Background.  In Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association

U.S. trademark expungement and reexamination proceedings are now available.  This constitutes a major development in U.S. trademark practice.  A result of the U.S. Trademark Modernization Act., the new rules became effective December 18, 2021.

As ex parte proceedings, trademark reexamination and expungement have the potential to be more efficient and less expensive than trademark cancellation

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  (USPTO) has adapted to the COVID-19 era.  Yet, performance challenges in certain operational areas remain.  This is the conclusion of the USPTO FY 2020 Annual Report.  Our previous article on TTAB statistics in the age of COVID-19 may be found here.

TTAB FY 2020 performance.   The TTAB is responsible

Recent TTAB filing statistics reveal that COVID-19 has not substantially impacted U.S. trademark opposition filings.  While trademark opposition filings are slightly below pace compared to last year, trademark cancellation activities are on the rise.  This is good news for brand owners and practitioners everywhere.  Our previously reported summary of 2019 TTAB statistics may be found

Updated: January 2022

U.S. Trademark Opposition: FAQ

A trademark opposition is a contested proceeding before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.   Any third-party may oppose the trademark application of another party.  An opposition may be filed only when the subject application is published in the Official Gazette of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The time to file an opposition is within 30 days of publication.  Extensions of time to file an opposition may be granted for an additional 30 days upon request, and up to 90 days for good cause shown.


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