It is no secret that large corporations sometimes abuse their trademark rights and unreasonably seek to enforce such rights against small businesses or individuals despite the lack of any reasonable basis for believing a likelihood of confusion exists.  In this regard, last March the President tasked the Department of Congress with undertaking a study regarding the extent to which small businesses may be harmed by abusive trademark tactics.  This report was released last week on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s website and can be accessed at the following link:  Trademark Litigation Study.

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