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if there was a business in a foreign country
and they do business only in this foreign country. they never really open up shop in the US but register their name in the US. it expires.
and then a new company comes in and ends up takin that name and registers it after the old company lets it expire.
the company is retail and the name is an actual reference in real life (whether it be referring to the product, some aspect of culture, or historical figure, etc) and NOT some funky made up name.
they are in the same industry.
does company 1 or 2 have priority to the name in the US?
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Company 2 has priority. First, the original registration has lapsed and there isn't anything preventing another company from using the same mark, so long as it doesn't cause consumer confusion. Second, even if the original registration was still being maintained, it is likely invalid for want of use in commerce in the U.S.sangr wrote:I'm sorry, who do u mean no for?
I'm guessing company 1 does NOT have priority since they didn't set up shop? and number two I don't understand
thanks for the reply!
Younger Abstention's second comment, assignment in gross, isn't really pertinent on the facts. If the first company was trying to sell all rights to the use of the trademark, absent some additional transfers and continuity in use, it would be considered a an assignment in gross, which isn't valid.
The limited facts are straight forward. Depending on the context of the question, I assume there are more facts that would point to some specific part of a rule.
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