Sinatra Estate Snuffs Hot Dog Truck's 'Franks Anatra' Mark

Law360, New York (September 13, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's appeals board on Wednesday upheld the estate of Frank Sinatra's objections to a hot dog truck's bid to trademark the name “Franks Anatra,” saying it falsely suggested a connection to the late entertainer and could cause confusion.

In an opinion released Wednesday, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sustained Frank Sinatra Enterprises LLC’s opposition to Bill Loizon’s application to register the name of his Michigan-based food truck and catering business called “Franks Anatra,” saying the similarity of the marks created...
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