As discussed in a previous blog post, in the United States use of a trademark is generally required in order to obtain and maintain trademark rights (whether “common law” or a federally-registered).  Like all good things, however, use of many trademarks eventually comes to an end.  Once-popular brand names go out of fashion, companies are acquired and absorbed/re-branded, or use of a brand simply stops.  Are such trademarks lost to the sands of time?  What about nostalgia’s continual reinforcement of the cliché “What’s old is new?”  Can old brands be revived and, if they can, who can do so?  We’ll […]

Date posted: March 23, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on Revival of Abandoned Brands – Like a Phoenix, but with Trademarks!

Categories: Trademark

O.K., that may be overstating things a bit, but big changes are on the horizon for trademarks in the EU.  As background: member nations of the EU maintain their own trademark regulations and registration systems, and are also part of a separate EU body called the “Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market” (“OHIM”), which is responsible for the administration, registration and maintenance of “Community Trademarks,” which cover all of the EU. The changes generally seek to harmonize the trademark laws of the various EU members and OHIM (which is, thankfully, being re-named the “European Union Intellectual Property Office”), with […]

Date posted: February 8, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on The End [of EU trademark law as we know it] is Nigh!

Categories: Blog Trademark

As part of reporting the filing of a new U.S. trademark application, we here at Danielson Legal always include a reminder to clients about filing applications in foreign countries.  Under a particular treaty that the U.S. is a signatory to (the “Paris Convention,” for those of you taking notes), foreign applications for the same mark, which are filed in other treaty member nations within six months of the first filing, can claim “priority” to the U.S. application’s filing date.  By way of example, if I file a U.S. application on January 1 and then file an application for the same […]

Date posted: October 27, 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on “Go West (and East, North or South), Young Brand. Part 1 – Claiming Priority in Foreign Trademark Applications”

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