The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has recently issued a decision allowing an opposition proceeding to continue after finding that opposer AT&T Mobility had standing to bring the proceeding to the TTAB. Applicants Mark Thomann and Dormitus Brands had argued that AT&T Mobility did not have standing to oppose applications to register “CINGULAR” trademarks because the opposer abandoned its own marks when it changed its business name more than a decade earlier. Although AT&T Mobility has demonstrated to the TTAB its basic ability to bring claims in the opposition proceeding, Eric Perrott, trademark and copyright attorney with Gerben Law Firm, notes that the low threshold AT&T Mobility has cleared doesn’t mean that the entity will be successful on its claims.

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