TTAB Says Consumer Can Fight 'Rapunzel' Trademark

Law360 (January 2, 2019, 6:26 PM EST) -- The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has ruled that a consumer had standing to oppose an application to register "Rapunzel" as a trademark, rejecting the argument that only a competitor could do so.

Siding with law professor Rebecca Curtin, the board ruled Friday that she could continue to argue that the centuries-old fairy tale name was too generic to be protected by trademark law because private consumers have the right to file such cases.

"Consumers, like competitors, may have a real interest in keeping merely descriptive or generic words in the public domain, to prevent the owner of a mark from...

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