Trademark Applications and the Murky Waters of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

By David Martinez and Zac Cohen

May 13, 2022

Trademarks - word phrases, symbols, designs, or a combination of these things that identify one's goods or services - are a cornerstone of American intellectual property rights. As the Supreme Court has noted,
"[n]ational protection of trademarks is desirable ... because trademarks foster competition and the maintenance of quality by securing to the producer the benefits of good reputation." Matal v. Tam, 137 S. Ct. 1744, 1752 (2017).

Trademark applications and the murky waters of subject matter jurisdiction.
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David Martinez

Partner

Pro Bono Chair, Los Angeles Office;
Member of the Firm's Diversity Committee
Member of Executive Board

Zac Cohen

Associate

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