The New Jersey Turnpike Authority operates the Garden State Parkway. It owns a federal registration for its logo. There are rest stops on the Garden State, and people stop there and eat pizza. Defendant has two pizza restaurants in Florida, and aspires to be a franchisor for Jersey-themed restaurants. It uses a logo apparently based on the Garden State Parkway logo.
Which cheap joke should we go for: Someone is in one of Defendant’s restaurants and thinks “wow, how did I find myself in a rest area on the Garden State Parkway?” or “Why would Defendant think that rest areas on the Garden State Parkway was an association worth evoking?”
Regular readers of The Trademark Blog know that Gabbanelli Accordions & Imports is not to be trifled with.
The University of Florida is chomping mad. And Florida State is on the warpath. The focus of their aggression? High school athletic departments the universities believe are infringing upon their Gator and Seminole logos.
Last week, Florida sent letters to two schools in Palm Beach County – both nicknamed the Gators – informing them they must change their logos because of trademark violations.
In August, Florida State contacted Southeast High School in Bradenton – the Seminoles – for the same reason.
I agree with John at TTABlog. The Board’s decision that FIRESIDE GLOW is not confusingly similar to FIRESIDE WARMTH for identical goods, is surprising, and may be the result of ‘working the ref.’
Nicole Polizzi, TV’s SNOOKI, filed SN 77929985 for SNOOKI, covering books and class 41 ‘personal appearances.’ The appllication has now received a preliminary Section 2(d) refusal, citing reg 2844692 for ADVENTURES OF SNOOKY for a ‘series of children’s books.’ Coverage here.
Levi Strauss fiercely protects its ‘arcuate’ trademarks, the arch-like design on back pockets, etc. Revise Clothing received the registration above, received a demand letter from Levis, and now brings a declaratory judgement action.
Complaint Revise Vanilla Star Levis Arcuate Trademark
Sotheby’s has a real estate brokerage operation in addition to its famous auction house.
Complaint Sotheby Moving
The boundaryless Internet vs national rights systems. Owner of US trademark for SMARTIES for candy sues Amazon for selling Nestles SMARTIES which apparently are like M&Ms, according to WIkipedia. Coverage here.
Compaint Ce de Amazon Smarties