With B&B Case, High Court Can Tackle TTAB Issue Preclusion

Law360, New York (January 16, 2014, 10:44 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court asked for government input this week as it considers taking the long-running trademark case of B&B Hardware Inc., a suit that would give the court the chance to clearly rule on how much preclusive effect is owed to rulings of the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.

B&B had won a TTAB decision in 2007 that a trademark from rival Hargis Industries Inc. was likely to be confused with B&B's similar mark, but a district court in subsequent litigation later refused to give...
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