Entries by Sean F. Mellino


Is this the end of the bar against registrability for scandalous and immoral trademarks?

  On December 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) struck down the portion of the Lanham Act (aka the Trademark Act) which prevented immoral or scandalous trademarks from being registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The CAFC’s decision involved the term FUCT (In re Brunetti) […]

Upcoming Changes in Canadian Trademark Laws and Practice

Beginning June 17, 2019, sweeping changes to Canadian trademark laws will finally be in effect. The transition comes after longtime lingering rumors. United States entities that conduct business in and are trademark owners in Canada should be aware of some of these key changes. The ultimate goal is to align Canadian practice with other jurisdictions […]