Great Concepts vs. Chutter is a case from the Federal Circuit that addressed the extent to which fraud at the Trademark Office can be punished in connection with a particular kind of application. The Federal Circuit ultimately reviewed and reversed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s long-standing practice of canceling trademarks when a renewal application…

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Rolex Watch v. BeckerTime was a case out of the Fifth Circuit that concerned the difference between the restoration and the customization of Rolex watches. Although the District Court for the Northern District of Texas had ruled in favor of Rolex, Rolex appealed, hoping to get more damages.   BeckerTime is a company in the business…

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In Re: Chestek is an unfortunate decision in the Federal Circuit addressing what at first blush is another boring regulation. However, it concerns a rule change that many practitioners worry could mean life or death, and arguably was promulgated in a manner that didn’t allow for proper notice and comment by the public. For decades,…

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