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Ttab Motown Metal

Ttab Motown Metal

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Published by Marty Schwimmer
TTAB confusion dilution motown metal toy cars
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Published by: Marty Schwimmer on Jan 17, 2012
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 Hearing: January 20, 2011 Mailed: September 30, 2011UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE_______Trademark Trial and Appeal Board_______UMG Recordings, Inc.v.Mattel, Inc._______Opposition No. 91176791to Application No. 78751105filed on November 10, 2005_______Russell J. Frackman and Alexa L. Lewis of MitchellSilberberg & Knupp for UMG Recordings, Inc.Lawrence Y. Iser and Chad R. Fitzgerald of Kinsella WeitzmanIser Kump & Aldisert for Mattel, Inc._______Before Walters, Cataldo and Bergsman, AdministrativeTrademark Judges.Opinion by Walters, Administrative Trademark Judge:UMG Recordings, Inc. filed its opposition to theapplication on the Principal Register of Mattel, Inc. toregister the standard character mark MOTOWN METAL for “toys,
Opposition No. 91176791
games and playthings, namely, toy vehicles and accessoriestherefor,” in International Class 28.
  As grounds for opposition, opposer asserts, in itsamended notice of opposition, that applicant’s mark, whenapplied to applicant’s goods, so resembles opposer’spreviously used and registered MOTOWN marks, shown below, asto be likely to cause confusion, under Section 2(d) of theTrademark Act.
Registration Mark Goods/Services
1075409Registered10/18/77;Section 15declarationacknowledged;Renewed“Records, tapes,cassettes,cartridges andaudio videoreproducingdevices in theform of tapes,cassettes, disksand cartridges,”in InternationalClass 9.2767101Registered9/23/03;Sections 8 & 15declarationsaccepted andacknowledgedrespectivelyMOTOWN“Restaurantservices,” inInternationalClass 42.0881471Registered11/25/69;MOTOWN “Providingpopular musicalentertainment,”
Application Serial No. 78751105, filed November 10, 2005, based uponan allegation of a bona fide intention to use the mark in commerce inconnection with the identified goods.
Opposer established its ownership and current status of theseregistrations during trial. Opposer also asserted ownership of severalpending applications. If registrations issued from the pleadedapplications during trial, opposer did not submit copies of theregistrations. Therefore, these applications are evidence only of thefact of their filing. (Serial Nos. 78617356, 78617352, 78614904, and78614895.) Additionally, opposer asserted ownership of Registration No.2663608, which has been cancelled and is evidence only of the fact thatit previously existed. Thus, this additional registration and theapplications are of no probative value.
Opposition No. 91176791
Section 15declarationacknowledged;Renewedin InternationalClass 42.0985976Registered6/11/74;Section 15declarationacknowledged;Renewed“Phonographrecords, tapesand cassettes,”in InternationalClass 9.Disclaimer:drawing of map.Color Statement:“The drawing islined for thecolors red,yellow and blueand color isclaimed as afeature of themark.”0985972Registered6/11/74;Section 15declarationacknowledged;Renewed“Phonographrecords, tapesand cassettes,”in InternationalClass 9.Color Statement:“The drawing islined for thecolors red,yellow and blueand color isclaimed as afeature of themark.”2516930Registered12/11/01;Sections 8 & 15declarationsaccepted andacknowledgedrespectively“Musical soundrecordings,” inInternationalClass 9.Disclaimer:SERIES3073897Registered3/28/2006Sections 8 & 15declarationsaccepted &acknowledged,respectivelyMOTOWN MUSIC REVIEW“Retail giftstore featuringmusic, clothing,reading materialsand souvenirs,”in InternationalClass 35.Disclaimer: MUSIC
 Also as a basis for its Section 2(d) claim, opposerasserts prior use of the word mark MOTOWN and the design

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