TTAB explores familial relationship between parties in WINSTON case

World Trademark Review Daily
July 2014

Partner Tim Kelly reviews a recent precedential decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, wherein the Board refused to register a jeweler’s personal name for use in connection with jewelry because the name was too similar to the name of the jeweler’s famous father. The trademark “Bruce Winston”, although it was the Applicant’s name, was nonetheless likely to give rise to consumer confusion in light of the well-known registered trademark “Harry Winston”.
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