Author: Evan Everist

Evan is a partner in Dorsey’s Trademark, Copyright and Advertising Group. He provides counsel to a wide variety of trademark and copyright owners in many industries, including multinational corporations with large international trademark portfolios, local non-profit organizations, and international musical acts.

Final Rules for Trademark Modernization Act in Effect This Weekend – New Nonuse Procedures Available and Shortened Office Action Deadlines on the Horizon

Attention trademark practitioners: the finalized rules implementing the 2020 Trademark Modernization Act (“TMA”) go into effect this weekend, on December 18, 2021. Significantly, this marks the availability of three new mechanisms for eliminating “deadwood” registrations: petitions for reexamination, petitions for expungement, and a new nonuse continue reading...

TTAB Weighs in on Registrability of CBD Trademarks

In a precedential decision earlier this year, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board thinned some of the haze surrounding the registrability of trademarks for hemp-derived CBD products. In line with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office guidelines issued last year, the Board confirmed that marks continue reading...

Dispute Over KIVA Trademark Continues to Smolder

A dispute over the trademark KIVA involving use of the mark with health food and cannabis continues to smolder in the Northern District of California. In late 2018, Kiva Health Brands (a national health food and supplements company) sued Kiva Brands (a company selling cannabis-infused continue reading...