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Trademarks: Likelihood of Confusion

Likelihood of confusion is the fundamental test of both state common-law and statutory trademark infringement.  Trademark infringement of a federally registered trademark under the Lanham Act (32(1)(a), 15 USCA 1114(1)(a)) is defined as: "Any person who shall, without the consent of the registrant (a) use in commerce any reproduction, counterfeit, copy or colorable imitation [...]

Trademarks: Likelihood of Confusion2021-11-02T15:16:46+00:00

Trademark Unfair Competition

Trademark Unfair Competition It is basic public policy that free competition drives our economy.  It follows that the "imitation" and “copying” of creative ideas and concepts is a very important part of a free market's success.  Once ideas, concepts and inventions are in the public domain, they may be freely copied with limited exceptions.  [...]

Trademark Unfair Competition2021-02-11T15:38:00+00:00

Trademark Infringement and Likelihood of Confusion

A generic trademark is when the name of the mark is the actual name for that product. Examples include: STRAWBERRY for strawberries, or LAW FIRM for a law firm, or TRADEMARK ATTORNEY for a Chicago trademark attorney. A generic term is not eligible for trademark registration . The reasoning is that to allow an individual the sole ability to [...]

Trademark Infringement and Likelihood of Confusion2020-02-18T21:14:24+00:00