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Geeking over packaging

Janelle Orsi, a super cool attorney friend of mine who’s a pioneer in Sharing Law, brought a bag of delicious chocolate tortilla chips (who knew there was such a thing?) to a gathering I attended in San Francisco on Tuesday . . .

I told Janelle I wanted to keep the bag to remind myself to blog about it.  She asked about what about it would I blog.  So I told her . . .

(My discoveries and opinions are in italics below the questions)

(1) Is  really a registered trademark, as indicated by the registration symbol (®) at the bottom right of the logo?

YES!

(2) If FOOD SHOULD TASTE GOOD is a registered trademark, is the registration for the logo as seen on the packaging, or for the standard character word mark (or both)?

Standard Character word mark only

(3) Is FOOD disclaimed?

Nope; there’s no disclaimer of any part of this mark

(4) Is it on the Principal or Supplemental Register?

Principal

I am also curious about the portion of the packaging that reads:

TORILLA CHIPS (it’s a dessert too!)TM MADE WITH

(1) I presume that (it’s a dessert too!) is what is being claimed as a trademark.  The questions that come to mind are:

(2) Is this mark registered or pending with the USPTO?

Nope

(3) Would the PTO accept this packaging specimen as evidence of use, or would it refuse registration based on a finding that that the mark does not appear to be functioning as a mark/brand?

It probably would accept the chip bag as suitable evidence of use of the “(it’s a dessert too)”mark.  The TM owner of these marks is a company named FoodShouldTasteGood, Inc.  While the TM owner has not yet registered/applied to register “(it’s a dessert too),” it has registered a very similar registered mark for “(it’s a cracker, too),” seen here:

(4) Does adding “TM” to a parenthetical notation in an otherwise descriptive sentence on packaging do anything to help consumers identify that mark as a brand?

Apparently so.  I reviewed the (it’s a cracker, too) registration file wrapper (that’s what we TM attys call all the documents in a TM application/registration file) and learned that the PTO did not challenge this specimen for descriptiveness or failure to function as a mark.

Thanks, Janelle, for turning me on to a delicious new snack food, as well as for the blogging inspiration.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I can’t help but ask: do the chips really expire on January 27th of 2011? That’s not much of a shelf life for a snack chip. Unless Janelle has been holding onto that bag for awhile. . . .

    Sorry. . . not really a brand comment. . .

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