re Country Music Assoc., Inc.

Posted with permission from E-commerce Law Reports Volume 11 Issue 6.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (‘Board’) reversed an examining attorney’s refusal to register the marks ‘Country Music Association’ (Ser.No. 78/906,900) and ‘Country Music Association’ & Design (Ser. No. 78/901,341). In reversing, the Board held that the marks were not generic and that the applicant, Country Music Association, Inc., established that the marks had acquired distinctiveness in connection with the applied-for services.