AmEx Scores Cancellation Of 'Blackcard' Trademark

Law360, New York (November 18, 2011, 2:44 PM EST) -- American Express Marketing & Development Corp. on Thursday convinced the New York federal judge overseeing its trademark and unfair competition suit that rival Black Card LLC's “Blackcard” trademark should be canceled because the mark is merely descriptive.

U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote ruled that AmEx was entitled to summary judgment on its trademark cancellation claim against Black Card, finding that the Blackcard mark was descriptive and that Black Card had failed to show that it had acquired a secondary meaning.

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