Two Fridays ago, the AmeriKat was involved in a technical discussion with a partner at her firm, when a bouquet of beautiful pink and purple flowers interrupted the dialogue as it landed on her desk. Convinced the bouquet was meant for someone else she looked at the card, but it was indeed addressed to her, an ipkitten, from an anonymous reader. The AmeriKat, unsure of what was more surprising, receiving flowers or receiving them from an anonymous source, began to quiz the usual suspects - all of whom knew nothing of the greenery. The flowers, still blooming away on her desk, are a little reminder to the AmeriKat that when you least expect it, your otherwise run-of-the-mill day can surprise you. (picture, left - the AmeriKat smelling her bouquet on her desk) Thank you, anonymous reader!
"the extent to which small businesses may be harmed by litigation tactics attempting to enforce trademark rights beyond a reasonable interpretation of the scope of the rights granted to the trademark owner"
- In approximately the last 5 years, please describe any instances of which you have first-hand knowledge where a small business may have been the target of litigation tactics attempting to enforce trademark rights beyond a reasonable interpretation of the scope of the rights granted to the trademark owner
- Whether you think “trademark bullies” are currently a problem for trademark owners, and if so, how significant is the problem?
- Whether you think aggressive litigation tactics are more pervasive in the trademark area than in other areas of the law?
- Whether you think the USPTO has a responsibility to discourage or prevent trademark bullying? If yes, what should the USPTO do?