Trademark News & Screw-ups Netflix and Escobar Family in Bitter Trademark Dispute Over 'Narcos'

This is an absolutely fascinating story on so many levels. Without retelling what the dispute is about, it demonstrates the importance of having valid specimens of use when you claim past use of the mark. Claiming use of the mark in connection with "operating a website" and "game services provided online from a computer network" all the way back in 1986 is a lot more serious than it seems. It may sound funny, but in actuality, it means that the the trademark applicant knowingly provided false information, which may lead to invalidation of the application. Unfortunately, trademark owners are sometimes tempted to fabricate evidence of first use. And while these untruths may go unnoticed by the Trademarks Office, the danger is that any attempt to actually enforce the trademark may lead to its invalidation by the defendant.

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