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David Lilenfeld Breaks Down TTAB’s Reversal Re: KID TENNIS

By David Lilenfeld on January 28, 2016

The Trademark Office reversed a Section 2 (d) refusal of the KID TENNIS mark because they found it dissimilar to the TENNISKIDS mark. Even though the brands are selling nearly identical goods, the Trademark Office ruled that KID TENNIS is not likely to cause confusion with TENNISKIDS.

The Board of the Trademark Office disagreed with the Examining Attorney’s belief that the wording of KIDS TENNIS is the dominant feature of the mark’s commercial impression. In this case, the wording as well as the design creates the Applicant’s trademark.

Furthermore, the Trademark Office was not convinced that TENNISKIDS was registered in standard character form. The trademark owner’s mark is so stylized that it does not fall within the range of reasonable manners of display that should be reserved for registered standard character mark. Therefore, the Trademark Office found the marks to be visually dissimilar.

In regards to how the respective trademarks sound, the Trademark Office ruled the marks are more similar than dissimilar but found the meaning of the marks to be different. The applicant’s mark, KID TENNIS, connotes a character named “Kid Tennis” as opposed to the registered mark, TENNISKIDS, which connotes children who play tennis.

“The Trademark Office ruled that the dissimilarity of the marks outweigh other factors, but clearly from the ruling, it was a close call, said, David Lilenfeld of Lilenfeld PC.


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