Fruit of the Loom Sues ‘Fruit of the Tomb’ Brand

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 6 July, 2017

‘Fruit of the Tomb’ as a clothing brand? Well, some say it’s Halloween-themed, but its owners say it’s more along the lines of “Gothic and Neo-Gothic apparel” or as it says on its website, “unique, fun and slightly twisted clothing.”

Anyway . . . Texas-based En Garde filed a trademark application with the USPTO for Fruit of the Tomb in July 2015 in international class 25 — clothing. The mark was published for opposition in November 2015.

Fruit of the Loom, the clothing company mostly known for its underwear and its colorful bundle of fruit logo, is suing En Garde for trademark infringement after sending them a cease-and-desist in 2015 and filing a notice of opposition (which is still pending). According to the Fruit of the Loom website, its trademark was registered in 1871, “making it one of the world’s oldest brands.”

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Topics: trademark, trademark infringement

Corsearch New gTLD Update: .BOSTON, .RADIO, .STORAGE, and More

by Kate Reid on Wednesday, 5 July, 2017

This week’s update features news about .BOSTON, .RADIO, .STORAGE, and more.

.BOSTON
Registry operator Boston TLD Management, LLC announced tentative launch dates for its new geoTLD .BOSTON, relating to the city of Boston, Massachusetts, as follows:

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Sunrise Type

Boston Community Period Starts

Boston Community Period Ends

General Availability

01 August 2017
(16:00 UTC)

31 August 2017
(16:00 UTC)

Start Date Sunrise
(first-come, first-served)

17 August 2017
(16:00 UTC)

15 September 2017
(16:00 UTC)

26 September 2017
(16:00 UTC)

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Topics: nGTLDs, domains

Are These Trademark Registrations for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Twins?

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 3 July, 2017

How could we NOT write about the latest trademark applications for a celebrity child’s name? Or, in this case, make that children’s names.

Yes, the Carter twins have arrived. Beyoncé and Jay-Z had their twins recently (no one’s sure of their exact birthdate or their sex) and, as of yet, they haven’t officially announced the baby’s names. But some recent trademark applications may have spilled the beans on the little ones’ names.

One thing we know for sure is that BGK Trademark Holdings, LLC, the company that owns many Beyoncé trademarks, filed trademark applications for “Rumi Carter” and “Sir Carter” with the USPTO on June 26, 2017. We don’t know whether these are, in fact, the baby’s names. The trademark applications were in several classes—everything from clothing, to fragrances, entertainment services, baby products, and key chains.

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Topics: trademark

Publisher Sues Taiwanese Jewelry Company Over ‘Vogue’ Trademark

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 30 June, 2017

Advance Magazine Publishers, Inc., the parent company of Vogue magazine publisher Condé Nast, is suing a Taiwanese jewelry company called Legend Effects over a USPTO trademark registration for “Legend Vogue.” The trademark application was filed in March 2016 in International Class 14 (jewelry). According to The Fashion Law, Advance filed a Notice of Opposition with the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in September 2016.

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Topics: trademark

A Smorgasbord of Recent Geographical Indication News

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

The EU has several geographical indications, like PDO (protected designation of origin) PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) that are similar to France’s AOC (appellation d'origine controlee). They all serve to protect the names of food and beverage products that come from a specific area, place, or country, like Champagne, feta cheese, Parma ham, and Cornish pasties.

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Topics: trademarks, names

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