In June ’06 I blogged that I was aware of one ‘tactile’ trademark, a German registration for a word in braille. Now I’m aware of two tactile trademarks. The INTA newsletter advises that U.S. Reg. No. 3155702 has been issued to American Wholesale Wine & Spirits, in connection with KHVANCHKARA wine. The description of the mark is “a velvet textured covering on the surface of a bottle of wine.”
1. What type of texture on the surface of another bottle of wine would be confusingly similar?
2. Would this be confusingly similar to VELVET TOUCH Wine (were such a thing to exist)?
3. Would this be confusingly similar to BLACK VELVET Scotch, sold in a velvet sack?
HT and Happy New Year to JW at the TTABlog.