Trademark Letter of Protest Challenges: Grandma Definition’s Failure to Function

Hey, class, let’s pretend we’re filing a Letter of Protest for a phrase that fails to function! “SAY WHAAAA???!!!” Relax, sweetie, this won’t hurt, I promise. Let’s back up and talk about the Legal Basis for your Letter of Protest. The Secret Legal Basis When I first tried to file a Letter of Protest against … Read more

Trademark Letter of Protest Evidence Checklist

This post contains “best practice guidelines” for submitting a trademark Letter of Protest to support a refusal. Pat Protester worked directly with USPTO to develop the trademark Letter of Protest evidence guidelines in this post. (Dave Cadoff has an excellent post on How to File Letters of Protest Against Frivolous Trademarks at Merch Informer, showing … Read more

Fighting Frivolous Trademarks Groups

Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much. Helen Keller About a year into my “fighting questionable trademarks” journey, I left the group I’d joined to pursue personal projects and to avoid any appearance of favoritism. But that doesn’t mean I’m against groups! It only means that, as one who hopes … Read more

Trademark Letter of Protest Sample: Bible Verse

When filing a Letter of Protest against a trademark application to register a Bible verse or other religious quotation as a trademark, here’s what you need to know: Legal Basis: “Failure to Function – Religious Text, See TMEP 1202.04(c)” Evidence: It’s not enough to tell USPTO the verse reference. They need to SEE proof that … Read more