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Friday Factoid: What Does “W” Mean to You?

Marks consisting of a single letter are difficult to protect. The Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs (each of which use stylized versions of the letter “W” to promote its team) recently challenged the USPTO’s proposed registration of a stylized “W” for WalletHub (a social networking site relating to personal finance). The dispute was resolved by restricting the applicant’s registration to exclude any use of the mark in connection with baseball. Source: USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Opposition Proceeding No. 91/209,178 and Washington Post, WalletHub Jon Wachs websiteIf you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: | 301.575.0302. If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoids® in your inbox click here.