TTAB Won't Let Man Trademark Indian Tribe Name

Law360, New York (January 6, 2014, 7:25 PM EST) -- A federal trademark appeals board issued a precedential ruling last week that a Canadian man couldn't register a trademark for “Lakota,” finding it falsely suggested a connection to the American Indian tribe of the same name.

Kent Pedersen wanted to register the name for the line of herbal pain relief ointments, but the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board said Dec. 30 that this would run afoul of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act — the provision that bars marks that inaccurately connect goods or services to...
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