West Headnote of the Day – February 15, 2010

February 15, 2010

West's Key 382T Trademarks
West's Key 382TII Marks Protected
West's Key 382Tk1040 Names as Marks
West's Key 382Tk1042 k. Persons, Names Of.

Though the name “George Washington” is a name that is publici juris which may be appropriated by anyone, use of such name, as applied to commemorative silver plates produced under trademark “The Geo. Washington Mint,” was arbitrary and nondescriptive, and thus such mark was protectible from its first use.
George Washington Mint, Inc. v. Washington Mint, Inc., 349 F. Supp. 255 (S.D.N.Y. 1972)

382T Trademarks