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Thursday, 30 May 2013

U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Policy on Automated Vehicle Development

The legal treatment of driverless or autonomous cars remains a fascinating area - so this press release from NHTSA will be of interest, even if it does not directly affect our law. And you can view NHTSA's statement of policy on automated vehicles.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

US: Volvo opposition to LOVOL trade mark rejected

My friend John Welch reports in his TTAB Blog that Volvo's opposition to LOVOL, for vehicles, was dismissed by the TTAB. And, I think, quite right too. Likelihood of confusion? I think not. The Board seem to have been impressed by the fact that the junior mark is a palindrome, not something I have seen feature in trade mark cases anywhere else, and that the word "volvo" comes from a dead language. As John asks,
qui cogitat?