USPTO Not Backing Down From TM Fight With Alabama Judge

Law360, New York (October 2, 2015, 10:55 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has quietly found itself in an unusual showdown that trademark experts haven't seen before: fighting back against a federal judge who ordered the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to erase one of its precedent-setting opinions.

An Alabama federal judge approved a private settlement last year between the University of Alabama and a small T-shirt company that required the TTAB to vacate a ruling it handed down against the university. The board refused this summer, arguing the judge couldn't overturn a ruling without reviewing it.

That judge is currently considering an order that would legally force...

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