TTAB Says 'Donq' Not Related To Rum Brand Don Q

Law360, New York (January 3, 2018, 7:02 PM EST) -- The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has ruled that a Japanese bakery chain could register “Donq” as a trademark, ruling the name was not confusingly similar to a rum brand called Don Q.

Kabushiki Kaisha Donq, which runs a chain of Donq bakeries in Japan, applied in 2011 to register the mark in the U.S. for a wide range of food, beverages and retail services, but Destileria Serralles Inc. said the name would be confused with its Don Q line of Puerto Rican rum.

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