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If You Pop, You Better Stop
October 18, 2019
Post by Sarah M. Luth
In the latest battle of branding, the Italian government has confiscated approximately 250 tubes of the “Prosecco & Pink Peppercorn” flavored Pringles from several grocery stores in the Veneto region. The Prosecco flavored Pringles were seized on the grounds that the use of the term “Prosecco” was allegedly not approved by the wine’s consortium of Italy. The name Prosecco has been protected by the De.......
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Fourth Circuit: OBX geographically descriptive with no secondary meaning; noninfringement affirmed
March 30, 2009
Post by Blog Staff
In a decision last month, the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendant in a trademark case. The mark at issue was OBX, which was an acronym coined to be short for the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. The plaintiff coined the acronym and sold various products bearing the acronym. Over time, the public began using the acronym as shorthand for the geographic re.......
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