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Ttab Cavern Club 2(a)

Ttab Cavern Club 2(a)

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Published by: mschwimmer on Nov 28, 2011
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 Oral Hearing: Mailed:February 24, 2011 September 29, 2011
Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
______Cavern City Tours Ltd.v.Hard Rock Café International, Inc._____Cancellation No. 92044795Paul C. Rapp, Esq. for Cavern City Tours Ltd.Joseph J. Weissman of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns,LLP for Hard Rock Café International, Inc.______Before Bucher, Grendel and Zervas, Administrative TrademarkJudges.Opinion by Zervas, Administrative Trademark Judge:On February 29, 2000, Registration No. 2324683 (“the‘683 registration”) for the mark CAVERN CLUB (in typed orstandard character form, with CLUB disclaimed) issued on thePrincipal Register to Hard Rock Café International, Inc.(“respondent”) for “clothing, namely T-shirts, sweatshirts,polo shirts, sport shirts, jackets, hats, caps, bolo ties,belts, and sun visors” in International Class 25; and for
Cancellation No. 92044795
 2“restaurant, bar and prepared take-out food services” inInternational Class 42, based on an application filed on April 18, 1994. The ‘683 registration claims first useanywhere and first use in commerce in September 1999 for theInternational Class 25 goods; and first use anywhere andfirst use in commerce in September 1998 for theInternational Class 42 services. The Office renewed theregistration on March 3, 2010.Cavern City Tours Ltd. (“petitioner”) petitioned tocancel the ‘683 registration, alleging in its amendedcomplaint The Cavern Club is a rock and roll club opened inLiverpool, England in 1957; that petitioner and itspredecessors-in-interest have used the name and mark THECAVERN CLUB for entertainment related services andpromotional merchandise since then; that between 1961 and1963, the Beatles performed at The Cavern Club almost 300times; and that The Cavern Club is known as the birthplaceof the Beatles. Additionally, petitioner alleges that itpromoted The Cavern Club extensively in the United States;that since at least 1985, it has advertised and sold ticketsto The Cavern Club in the U.S. and to U.S. consumers; thatmost often, these tickets are part of a rock and roll travelpackage whose destination is Liverpool and The Cavern Club;and that in 1999, Paul McCartney, one of the originalmembers of The Beatles, appeared at The Cavern Club in a
Cancellation No. 92044795
 3concert which had over five-hundred million viewersworldwide. Petitioner alleges a number of claims but onlypursues two claims in its main brief. First, petitionerpleads fraud by respondent, alleging that respondent was“intimately familiar with Petitioner’s mark and its fame”when it filed its application and stated under oath that itwas entitled to use the mark in commerce and that no otherperson, firm, corporation or association had the right touse the mark in commerce; that these statements were false;that respondent knew they were false; and that they weremade with an intent to deceive the Office to grant aregistration to petitioner.
Second, petitioner pleaded aclaim of false suggestion of a connection with petitionerunder Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act, 15 U.S.C.§ 1052(a), namely:The use made by Registrant of the brandCAVERN CLUB is identical to Petitioner’s worldfamous mark THE CAVERN CLUB for very similarservices and such use is intended to falselysuggest, in violation of Section 2(a) of theTrademark Act, a connection with Petitioner whensuch connection is neither warranted norauthorized. Registrant’s use points uniquely andunmistakably to Petitioner, and is intended to doso. Because of the fame and recognition ofPetitioner and THE CAVERN CLUB mark amongst rockand roll fans for entertainment services,Registrant is obtaining by its conduct the benefitof an association to which it is not entitled. Amended complaint ¶ 21.
Petitioner abandoned its fraud claim with respect torespondent’s signing and/or filing of its Section 15 declaration.

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