Feb 22, 2018

Western Brand Owners Hit by Russian Constitutional Court Ruling in Parallel Import Case

ECG Paper

On February 13, 2018, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation issued a decision in favor of a Russian parallel importer, holding that the destruction of original medical devices imported without the trademark owner’s consent was an excessive remedy under the facts of the case, and authorizing the lower courts to consider the bad faith… Read more


Jan 25, 2018

U.S. District Court Orders USPTO to Register BOOKING.COM as a Protected Trademark

Person using laptop to visit Booking.com

In 2012, Booking.com B.V. (“Booking.com”) filed four trademark applications for the mark Booking.com for services in class 39 – travel agency services – and class 43 – making hotel reservations. The USPTO initially rejected all four applications on the ground that BOOKING.COM is generic as applied to the relevant services and, in the alternative, that… Read more


Jan 4, 2018

TTAB Decision is Found to Have Preclusive Effect in the Southern District of New York

Wine Bottle and Glass: LIANA Brand Case Preclusive

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held that Defendant Peju Province Winery L.P. (“Peju”) is precluded from litigating the likelihood of confusion issue that was decided by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in 2004. Plaintiff Cesari S.R.L. (“Cesari”) is an Italian winery that produces wine with the… Read more



Sep 14, 2017

Industry Training with USPTO Highlights Trademark Challenges for Fashion

Fashion Trademarks

SGR Partner Scott Woldow is a member of INTA’s Government Officials Training Committee’s USPTO Subcommittee. Each year, INTA’s GOT Committee collaborates with the U.S. Intellectual Property Office (USPTO) on an Industry Training presentation for the USPTO’s examining attorneys and staff. The industry trainings provide a forum whereby an industry sector and an IP office come together to share… Read more


Apr 23, 2015

Quality Not Quantity – USPTO Quality Assurance Practices

By Joyce B. Klemmer In a report issued on April 10, 2015, the United States Department of Congress, Office of Inspector General, provided its final report on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) patent quality assurance practices. The audit was conducted to (1) determine the sufficiency of the USPTO’s quality assurance program’s processes to… Read more