Firm to represent famed boy band in trademark dispute

June 10, 2019 – The firm filed papers today in proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board answering the allegations of Universal Music Group’s opposition to the trademark filing of multi-platinum boy band O-TOWN. UMG claims that the name and mark of its subsidiary label, Motown, are too similar to the O-Town name and mark, and therefore likely to lead to consumer confusion; this despite that the band has operated under that name and mark for nearly two decades. In O-Town’s answer, the band stakes its defense on Motown’s substantial delay in opposing a mark that O-Town members have spent decades building their business around. In addition, the band’s answer maintains that there is no likelihood of consumer confusion between the two marks at issue. Discovery in the matter will begin on July 8th.