Legal strategies for protecting brands from Genericide: Recent trends in evidence weighted in court cases.

Under the Lanham Act and the Trademark Revision Act of 1988, trademarks may be cancelled if it is ruled that consumers use the brand name to describe a generic category. Trademark cancellation, or "genericide," has high stakes in that it can result in the loss of a valuable corporate asset. This article provides an overview of the history of trademark cancellation cases and examines what types of evidence are considered in such cases. It provides an analysis of trends in recent court rulings and advice for avoiding genericide.

Main Author: Taylor, Charles.
Other Authors: Walsh, Michael.
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 2002
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