By: John M. Nading, Ashley H. Joyce, and Devika Persaud 

In a sign of a potentially liberalizing trend for standing at the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Board recently ruled that
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By Tamar Duvdevani

This past Monday October 29, the TTAB in a non-precedential decision allowed registration of NUT SACK DOUBLE BROWN ALE for “beer” in International Class 32.  As one might surmise, the Trademark Examining Attorney’s rationale in rejecting the application was the inclusion of immoral/scandalous matter, to wit, that the “term ‘Nut Sack’ is a term that is offensive to a substantial composite of the general public.”
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