[Ads-l] Xstaurants

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 23 15:09:33 UTC 2019

USPTO hasn't been very good in sniffing out common usage which is supposed
to block trademarks from being granted. For example, Taco Tuesday dates at
least a decade prior to its trademark by an obscure restaurant chain.
Breastaurant was certainly in common use prior to 2012 and well outside the
Bikini Bar.


On Sun, Dec 22, 2019, 14:39 Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:

> -------------------------
> And luckily for Hooters, the trademark for the term -- highly valued as
> I'm sure it was -- has fallen victim to genericide:
> In October 2012, Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill successfully registered the
> term "breastaurant" as a trademark with the United States Patent and
> Trademark Office; as of May 24, 2019 the term was no longer trademarked
> under the rule of section 8, "Continued use not filed within Grace Period".
> Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill had closed its last restaurant on December 23,
> 2018, 6 months prior.
> [from same wiki entry Nancy cites]
> LH

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