Charles J. Meyer

July 2016 Trademark Prosecution Lunch Update

August 1, 2016

The July 2016 trademark section of the prosecution lunch featured a discussion of the USPTO’s proposal to require submission of additional specimens in trademark applications to ensure that the goods and services listed in the application are accurate. Additionally, the USPTO has issued a proposal to increase fees, including a large increase for paper filing. Recent trademark cases were also discussed, including a review of In re Morgan Brown, in which the TTAB found that trademarks for products which are legal under state law, but illegal under federal law are not registrable. Additional cases regarding descriptiveness (In re North Carolina Lottery) and sufficient evidence needed to show geographic descriptiveness (In re Vili Group Inc.) are also reviewed. The presentation may be downloaded here.


January 2016 Trademark Prosecution Lunch Update

March 6, 2016

The January 2016 trademark section of the prosecution lunch featured updates concerning changes to the NICE classifications, recent updates to the Trademark Manual of Examination Procedure (TMEP), and the December 2015 United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) shutdown. In addition, there is discussion of the recent B&B Hardware case that concerns the preclusive effect of an opposition as to priority of use. There is also discussion of the recent non-precedential Tekni-Plex, Inc. v. Selig Sealing Products, Inc. case which concerns the requirements for showing a bona fide intent to use a trademark. As noted recently in the In re Apple, Inc. (nonpresidential) case, the USPTO refused to register the IPOD mark for user manuals because it was not used for “goods in trade.” A case concerning the evidence required to show proof of use of the mark in interstate commerce is also highlighted. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.


May 2015 Trademark Prosecution Lunch Presentation

June 11, 2015

The May trademark prosecution lunch presentation includes a discussion of the requirement to pay the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) attorney fees during an appeal, the preclusive effect of USPTO decisions, and the In re BWBC, Inc. case. The presentation can be downloaded here.


November 2014 Trademark Prosecution Lunch Presentation

December 3, 2014

November’s trademark prosecution practice luncheon included discussion of TTAB proceeding regarding descriptiveness, proving bona fide intent to use, and the “safe distance” rule. The presentation can be downloaded here.


October 2014 Trademark Prosecution Lunch Presentation

November 5, 2014

October’s trademark prosecution practice luncheon included discussion of specimens for service marks, a TTAB decision about “Cinderella” marks, and fraud in use-based trademark applications. The presentation can be downloaded here.


August 2014 Trademark Prosecution Lunch Presentation

September 5, 2014

This month’s trademark prosecution luncheon included discussion of new enhanced assignment filings, post registration proof of use pilot program, descriptiveness of acronyms, and a recent TTAB decision concerning a famous family of marks. The presentation can be downloaded here.


May 2014 Trademark Prosecution Lunch Presentation

May 21, 2014

This month’s trademark prosecution luncheon included discussion of the possibility of trademark fee reductions, consent to register by living individuals, and opposition estoppel. The presentation can be downloaded here.


February 2014 Trademark Prosecution Lunch Presentation

March 3, 2014

This month’s trademark prosecution presentation included practice updates regarding the use of the USPTO’s withdrawal form to withdraw from representation of an application, as well as discussion of several cases pertaining to use of class headers for an application’s description of goods/services, the use of phantom lines in applications, and requirement for section 1(a) applications for a service mark. You can download the presentation from here.


Charles Meyer Honored in Benchmark Plaintiff Handbook

August 9, 2013

Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP is pleased to announce that Charlie Meyer has distinguished himself by earning an honored placement in Indiana as a Local Litigation Star in the Benchmark Plaintiff Handbook published by Legal Media Group.  The guide ‘s results are the culmination of research conducted during extensive interviews with litigators and their clients identifying firms and attorneys who have displayed the ability to consistently handle complex, high stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions.

 

 


Firm Supports Eagle Scouts

March 5, 2013

The firm sponsored at table at the March 4th Gathering of Eagles Dinner, an annual awards and fellowship banquet bringing together Eagle Scouts from around the Central Indiana Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America. The event was held on the campus of the University of Indianapolis.

Attending on behalf of the firm were firm Eagle Scouts Dan Lueders, Charlie Meyer and Mike Morris.

Partner Charlie Meyer was the presenter of the prestigious Friend of Eagles award to this years recipient, Dustin O’Brien. The award is recognition for an adult who is not an Eagle Scout, but who has substantially contributed to assisting Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Charlie Meyer has also served many years on the local Eagle Scout Review Boards, including six years as a chairman of that board.

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