Singer's Wife Can't Stop The Village People's Trademarks

Law360, New York (November 13, 2012, 7:05 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit refused Tuesday to cancel two trademarks for 1970s disco act The Village People, rejecting a claim by the wife of the group's former frontman that the act's successor entity lost exclusive control of the name for live performances because it lip-synced.

The appeals court affirmed a ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that Can't Stop Productions Inc., which owns the marks for the band's name and logo, had continuously used them for live shows, meaning the marks hadn't been abandoned.

The ruling draws to a close the dispute over the two...

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