The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (Tee-Tee-Ā-Bee) has scheduled six (VI) oral hearings for the month of November 2020. The hearings will be held via video. Briefs and other papers for each case may be found at TTABVUE via the links provided.

November 5, 2020 – 11 AM: In re Apple Inc., Serial No. 86857587 [Refusal to register SMART KEYBOARD on the Supplemental Register for “Accessory for a handheld mobile digital device, namely, a protective and decorative cover for a tablet computer that functions as a computer stand and incorporates a keyboard” [KEYBOARD disclaimed], on the ground of genericness].

November 5, 2020 – 2 PM: Charles Bertini v. Apple Inc., Opposition No. 91229891 [Section 2(d)  opposition to registration of APPLE MUSIC for live musical performances and other entertainment services, on the ground of priority and likelihood of confusion with the common law mark APPLE JAZZ for entertainment services].

November 10, 2020 – 11 AM: In re Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Inc., Serial Nos. 86573076 and 87119574 [Refusal to register INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERS, in standard character form, for publications, webinars, associations services, educational services, and consulting services in the field of ergonomics and human factor design, on the ground of mere descriptiveness and lack of acquired distinctiveness; and refusal to register the mark shown below absent a disclaimer of the wording and further on the ground that applicant’s “brochures” are not goods in trade].

November 12, 2020 – 11 AM: In re Treadwell Original Drifters, LLC., Serial No. 77119123 [Section 2(d) refusal of THE DRIFTERS for musical recordings, live musical entertainment, and music production services, in view of the registered mark BILL PINKNEY’S ORIGINAL DRIFTERS for “Entertainment Services in the nature of live performances by a musical group”].

November 12, 2020 – 1 PM: In re Melissa & Doug, LLC, Serial No. 87915069 [Refusal to register the mark shown below, consisting of a  red oval outlined in white (acting as a carrier for the words “MELISSA & DOUG”) for various toys, arts and crafts, and hobby kits in International Classes 16 and 28, and for online retail store services regarding same in International Class 35, on the ground that the mark comprises a background design that fails to function as a mark].

November 19, 2020 – 11 AM: In re Bunkhouse Management, LLC, Serial No. 87539883 [Refusal to register I LOVE YOU SO MUCH in the stylized form shown below, for “Charitable fundraising services by means of organizing and conducting special events,” on the grounds of genericness and, alternatively, mere descriptiveness and lack of acquired distinctiveness].


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TTABlog comment: Any predictions? See any WYHA?s ? By the way, why aren’t these video hearings publicly accessible?

Text Copyright John L. Welch 2020.