USPTO Overruled, Timex Wins 'Intelligent Quartz' Trademark

Law360, Los Angeles (December 18, 2013, 8:21 PM EST) -- A Virginia federal judge granted summary judgment to Timex Group USA Inc. in its fight to register "Intelligent Quartz" as a trademark for a line of watches, holding Tuesday that a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appeal board had erred in denying registration.

Timex argued in March that the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board was mistaken when it found that the phrase was a straight-ahead description of the products and did not qualify for trademark protection. Connecticut-based Timex sought to trademark the name for eight...
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