商標登録insideNews: Nike’s ‘cryptokicks’ trademark application hints at its new blockchain ambitions

Nike Inc has submitted a trademark application for the word ‘cryptokicks’, signalling it may be gearing up to launch its own digital currency and a host of cryptocurrency related products.The application, filed on April, 19, outlines how the company‘s proposed digital currency could be used by an online community.

情報源: Nike’s ‘cryptokicks’ trademark application hints at its new blockchain ambitions

Word Mark CRYPTOKICKS
Serial Number 88394295
Filing Date April 19, 2019
Current Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) Nike, Inc. CORPORATION OREGON One Bowerman Drive Beaverton OREGON 97005

Nike Is Releasing A Cryptocurrency – CryptoKicks

商標登録insideNews: Christina Tosi Is Suing a Chicago ‘Milk Bar’ for Trademark Infringement – Eater Chicago

Megastar pastry chef Christina Tosi and her team at Milk Bar have filed a complaint alleging that a Chicago dessert bar and restaurant has infringed their name and logo. The federal complaint claimed the owners of JoJo’s Milk Bar, which opened in February in River North, “deliberately” and “willfully” confused customers and the media into thinking the Chicago bar was associated with Tosi’s.

情報源: Christina Tosi Is Suing a Chicago ‘Milk Bar’ for Trademark Infringement – Eater Chicago

Momofuku Milk Bar’s Secret to Amazing Birthday Cake | Sweet Spots | Bon Appetit、6:21

Milk bar`s massive milkshakes go for big fun, not low calories, 3:05

商標登録insideNews: Beer wars are back: What companies can learn from MillerCoors suit against Anheuser-Busch in “corngate” – Milwaukee Business Journal

While comparing products and services in advertising campaigns is perfectly legal when done correctly, companies and marketers should work closely with their legal counsel to review any proposed ad campaign that specifically calls out a competitor or a competing product.

情報源: Beer wars are back: What companies can learn from MillerCoors suit against Anheuser-Busch in “corngate” – Milwaukee Business Journal

MillerCoors sues Anheuser-Busch over Super Bowl ads, 2:30

Beer companies’ legal battle brewing, 1:35

MillerCoors sues Anheuser-Busch over corn syrup ads 5:25

商標登録insideNews: Foreign Trademark Filers Soon May Need U.S. Lawyer – Big Law Business

The Patent and Trademark Office is working on a rule that would require foreign trademark applicants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney. The PTO plans to issue a proposal […]

情報源: Foreign Trademark Filers Soon May Need U.S. Lawyer – Big Law Business

商標登録insideNews: Stone Brewing Files Lawsuit Against MillerCoors Over ‘Stone’ Trademark | Brewbound.com

Stone Brewing has filed a lawsuit against Molson Coors Brewing Company subsidiary MillerCoors, which makes and markets the “Keystone” line of beers, alleging that the multinational company infringed on the San Diego craft brewery’s “Stone” trademark. According to the complaint, filed today in the U.S. district court of Southern California, Stone Brewing asserts that MillerCoors is purposely trying to “steal the consumer loyalty and awesome reputation of Stone’s craft brews” with its recently rebranded Keys

情報源: Stone Brewing Files Lawsuit Against MillerCoors Over ‘Stone’ Trademark | Brewbound.com

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Stone Brewing Sues Big Beer

商標登録insideNews: Colorado company accuses e-commerce companies of trademark infringement | Northern California Record

Otter Products LLC of Fort Collins filed a complaint Aug. 7 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Michelle J. Blaiwes, Max N. Langen and Does 1-10, alleging they sell counterfeit copies of the plaintiff’s products.

情報源: Colorado company accuses e-commerce companies of trademark infringement | Northern California Record

OtterBox Pursuit Series for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus、0:15

商標登録insideNews: Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark | Ars Technica

Is the term “google” too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark protection? That’s the question before the US Supreme Court. Words like teleprompter, thermos, hoover, aspirin, and videotape were once trademarked. They lost the status after their names became too generic and fell victim to what is known as “genericide.”

情報源: Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark | Ars Technica

[コメント] 日本では、検索するの意味の”ぐぐる”とGoogleは区別されていると思いますが、それが英語になると、動詞と社名の境界がぼやけてしまうということかも知れません。カリフォルニア州の9th Court of Appealでは、普通名称化(genericide)されていないと判断されましたが、今回は最高裁ですので、どうなるかというところです。最高裁は、certiorari(サーシオレイリイ)ですので、聞く聞かないの裁量について数カ月で判断されます。

商標登録insideNews: Court affirms TTAB refusal to register ‘FIRST TUESDAY’ trademark for NC Lottery – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

Distinctiveness of a mark in context of explanatory text is case-specific, turning on evidence of the public’s understanding or perception of a mark.

情報源: Court affirms TTAB refusal to register ‘FIRST TUESDAY’ trademark for NC Lottery – IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

[コメント]単に記述的な(merely descriptive)商標に過ぎないか否かが争われた事件で、TTAB(審判部)は月の初めの火曜日に新しいscratch-offs(ロトの1つの形式)が始まるに直ぎないと判断し、特に指定商品や指定役務についての格別性(distinctiveness)も主張していないことから、自他商品識別力がないと判断しています。

商標登録insideNews: Mercedes Trademark Suggests 8G Transmission On The Way

Mercedes Trademark Suggests 8G Transmission On The Way Auto Guide has learned that on August 10, 2017, the German car manufacturer made a patent application for the name ‘8 G-Tronic’ to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for use with “automobiles and parts thereof.”

情報源: Mercedes Trademark Suggests 8G Transmission On The Way

US serial no. 87563935

Word Mark 8 G-TRONIC
Goods and Services IC 012. US 019 021 023 031 035 044. G & S: Automobiles and parts thereof
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 87563935
Filing Date August 10, 2017
Current Basis 1B;44D
Original Filing Basis 1B;44D
Owner (APPLICANT) Daimler AG CORPORATION FED REP GERMANY Mercedesstrasse 137 Stuttgart FED REP GERMANY 70327
Attorney of Record V.T. GIORDANO
Priority Date February 28, 2017
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
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商標登録insideNews: Ninth Circuit Confirms Willfulness Is Required To Award Profits In Trademark Cases – Intellectual Property – United States

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed its commitment to the rule that willfulness is a prerequisite for disgorgement of a trademark infringer’s profits in Stone Creek v. Omnia Italian Design… United States Intellectual Property Fenwick & West LLP 27 Jul 2017

情報源: Ninth Circuit Confirms Willfulness Is Required To Award Profits In Trademark Cases – Intellectual Property – United States

商標登録insideNews: シャープ商標、中国大手が継続使用の方針 米テレビ市場:朝日新聞デジタル

家電大手シャープが中国の家電大手海信(ハイセンス)集団に対し、米国などで「シャープ」「アクオス」の商標のテレビを販売するのをやめるよう求めている問題で、海信の海外部門幹部は27日、今後も商標を使い続ける方針を明らかにした。

情報源: シャープ商標、中国大手が継続使用の方針 米テレビ市場:朝日新聞デジタル

商標登録insideNews: 「ルイ・ヴィトン」のパロディーブランド訴訟 最高裁へ│WWD JAPAN

「ルイ・ヴィトン(LOUIS VUITTON)」はロサンゼルスにあるバッグ販売会社「マイ・アザー・バッグ(MY OTHER BAG)」が同ブランドのモノグラムトートをキャンバスバッグにプリントした行為が商標侵害だと主張する一連の訴訟について、2016年12月に下された二審の判決を不服としてアメリカ合衆国最高裁判所に上告した。

情報源: 「ルイ・ヴィトン」のパロディーブランド訴訟 最高裁へ│WWD JAPAN

Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. asked the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that My Other Bag Inc.’s mimicking of the fashion house’s famous interlocking logo is a parody not subject to a trademark dilution charge ( Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. v. My Other Bag, Inc. , U.S., No. 17-72, review requested 7/13/17 ).

情報源: Louis Vuitton Asks High Court to Reverse Trademark Parody Ruling | Bloomberg BNA

Here’s an example of an alleged “trademark bully,” one of the world’s most famous fashion brands.

情報源: Bagging A Trademark Bully | Above the Law

コメント:知財系の訴訟は、CAFCが法の番人のように機能する面がありますが、憲法問題である表現の自由(1st Amendment)の争点を盛り込むことで、さらなるフルバックの最高裁(US Supreme Court)での判断も可能となりますので、最後まで戦うとの戦略の場合は、商標や不正競争の訴因に加えて表現の自由が侵害されているとの立場をとることもあります。

Louis Vuitton vs. My Other Bag