TTAB Says Golf Clubs And Apparel Aren't Related

Law360 (November 24, 2020, 5:05 PM EST) -- The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board says apparel is not a closely related product to golf clubs, meaning a "Driven Golf" trademark can coexist with a similar "Driven" mark owned by golf powerhouse Ping.

In a Thursday decision, the board overturned a ruling by an examining attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that said Driven Golf Inc. could not register its name as a trademark for apparel and golf training aids.

The examiner had said the mark was confusingly similar to "Driven By Ping" — a mark registered by Ping for golf clubs — but the board said Thursday...

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