Trademark News & Screw-ups Food Fight: Pennsylvania Pierogi Festival Threatened With Trademark Infringement

It's fascinating that PIEROGI FEST was registered on the Principal register, with only the word "FEST" disclaimed. It would seem that the trademark is descriptive at best, if not generic. My prediction: if the case ever goes to trial, Pennsylvania Pierogi Festival would be able to invalidate PIEROGI FEST trademark for lack of distinctiveness and thus avoid liability. As we often tell our clients, it's not just about getting the trademark registration certificate, it's about whether you can use it to actually enforce your trademark against competitors using a somewhat similar brand.

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