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PTO Junks Hormel's Objection Over Spam Trademark

Law360 (November 28, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Hormel Foods Corp. has lost its fight to prevent an Internet junk-mail filtering company from registering a mark with the word “spam” because the term, which was originally coined for the popular lunch meat, is commonly used to describe unwanted mail.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled on Nov. 21 against Hormel's petition to cancel Spam Arrest LLC's registration to trademark the company's name and software. Hormel and its licensing arm, Hormel Foods LLC, claimed that the registration would cause...
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