A nice shout out to Towergate for the trademark opposition data we provided in this tech article by Benny Evangelista about the CrowdX platform from Coveroo. …baseball files far more federal trademark protests than any other sport, according to Towergate Informatics, a company that tracks trademark-related data for the intellectual property industry. Towergate said MLB and its teams filed nearly 170 protests in 2013, while the NBA and NHL combined filed just 28. See the full article here.
How often is a Google mark cited by the examiner? Turns out… pretty frequently. About a citation each and every week! Here’s a peek at all of Google’s marks (at least the ones identified within USPTO records as from the company) that USPTO examiners have cited over the past 5 years (267 times, actually). Following the format in our popular 2(d) Citation Watch, we display the refused marks (green) to right of the cited marks (red). If one looks at instances when a mark incorporating the actual term “Google” was refused, you’ll find 71 different refusals. What might be the rationale for these futile attempts? Does anyone truthfully believe they can successfully register a trademark making use of this term? If you’d like to know how often the marks in your portfolio are cited, why a mark was cited, and who was refused as a result, you may want to subscribe to our 2(d) Citation Watch; the most cost-effective trademark watch available. Ask us for a complimentary report.
As many have come to expect, here is a summary of our annual compilation of firms that filed the most oppositions in 2013*. To see a detailed report for each of the Top 30 firms, showing plaintiffs, defendants and case links, ask us for a copy of our full report (pdf file). Request your copy. Aside from the Top 4 opposition-filing firms which stand out significantly from the crowd, the differences between most of the firms are very close indeed. There are actually 87 firms that rank within the Top 30 opposition filers; those that filed at least 15 oppositions last year. Also noteworthy is that the Top 5 represent almost 12% of all TTAB oppositions filed in 2013 (over 5,400 oppositions filed in total). * Based upon correspondent at filing Note: The chart shown here includes only the Top 20 ranked firms. Our complete list of the Top 30 ranked firms by oppositions filed (including links to each individual TTAB case) is available upon request. Scroll down to see additional analysis below Subscribe to our popular 2(d) Citation Watch or Bulk TM Watch services and watch your IP practice grow! […]