Well, something happened.

Evidently I was waiting out some kind of development to prompt me to blog… about anything.

Withdrawal (by Deb Stoller) of cancellation proceeding against STITCH & BITCH CAFE trademark (except I can’t get the second page of the filing to show up right now — I can only see the cover page).

Settlement? Moving on to the next great catchphrase? Anybody?

ETA: press release should be forthcoming.

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10 Responses to Well, something happened.

  1. j. says:

    Translation (and summary for everybody who forgot what happened):

    SFSE had a US trademark registration for STITCH & BITCH CAFE. They used it for their online “forum”, which at the time was really a guestbook script.

    Deb Stoller published the first Stitch ‘n Bitch book. Possibly the second one too, can’t recall the exact timing. She filed four US trademark applications for STITCH ‘N BITCH for use with various types of goods and services, ranging from bags to television shows.

    The trademark applications were rejected because of SFSE’s trademark — likelihood of confusion. When you get a rejection, you try to argue over it. If you can’t, you can try to remove the obstacle — in this case, that would be getting SFSE’s mark cancelled.

    So, Deb filed a cancellation petition against SFSE’s mark. This procedure is not a lawsuit, and there are no allegations of infringement; in this type of situation, it’s up to the petitioner to prove the mark should be cancelled. (The registrant, of course, does their best to refute the petitioner’s arguments.)

    This cancellation in particular lingered on and on and on and on. The parties kept extending the deadlines for getting things done (on consent), on the grounds that they were in settlement negotiations. It seems that they were indeed, because finally there was an announcement that the parties reached a settlement, and the cancellation petition was withdrawn (hence this post). Thus, the cancellation proceding was terminated; if you were to roughly analogize this to a lawsuit, it would be like the plaintiff telling the court that they were dropping their complaint because the parties had settled.

    There was supposed to be a press release. I haven’t seen it.

  2. Laure says:

    Can you explain this for the layperson?

  3. Eileen says:

    PAtent and trademarks are good when things are clear, but can be, as mary said a bit picky most of the times..allt he best Eileen

  4. Mary Lynn says:

    Very interesting. Patent and trademark law is very, ummmm, picky in many respects and has very strict time and guidelines.

  5. Colleen says:

    http://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/v?pno=92045274&pty=CAN&eno=25

    Apparently it was reposted today – and it’s a withdrawal of the petition for cancellation – with prejudice.

  6. Amie says:

    I just got my email moments ago. I’m still curious as to what happens next myself. Does this mean Gregie Poo won’t be sending nastgrams anymore? Or stop making tee-shirts with our names on it saying we love SNB Cafe? I’m curious.

  7. j. says:

    Yes! alive.

    Deb Stoller had a contract for what, seven titles after the first Stitch ‘n Bitch book was a success? With this one, including the calendars, she’s got that number…

  8. clare says:

    Deb withdrew from the cancellation proceeding – not SFSE.

    I wonder what will happen next.

    Best of luck to you!

  9. Carol says:

    Sorry, it took me a few minutes to get over the shock of realizing you’re still alive.

    Ran out of money to pay expensive intellectual property lawyers?

  10. So…does that mean that there’s no case anymore? And I wonder why they’d withdraw. :(

    At this point, though, does anyone even USE SFSE?

    Good to see you’re still around, though!