Ben Thompson and Robert Moorman co-authored an article entitled “Trademark Opposition Proceedings Can Lead to Unintended Benefits Through Coexistence Agreements,” that published in the New York Law Journal on April 22.
The article explains how trademark oppositions may afford an applicant a discussion with the opposer that can ultimately be helpful, and that carefully negotiated coexistence agreements between and among owners of marks that are less distinctive can help build a stronger network of protection and defense than might otherwise be accomplished.
Trademark oppositions can be approached and managed in a variety of ways. This article examines some of those approaches while looking more closely at the dynamics of a negotiated process and discusses the benefits that can be achieved through well-designed and strategized coexistence.
Learn more about the process and the benefits of coexistence agreements in the full article here.
Managing partner of Thompson, LLP, Ben Thompson focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general transactional matters, often based in or involving complex intellectual property issues. Ben has represented buyers, sellers, and other interested parties in acquisitions, divestitures, investments, and strategic alliances. To learn more about Ben, please click here.
Robert Moorman focuses his practice on corporate transactions including M&A, corporate governance, and intellectual property. He has represented an array of private and government entities in transactional matters from publicly traded and privately owned corporations to public housing authorities and local municipalities. To learn more about Robert, please click here.