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By Mike Johnson on 2018-01-11 16:39:00

Lucha Underground star Brian Cage is backstage at today's Impact Wrestling taping and will be debuting this week.

There was an attempt to bring Pat Kenney in as a Producer for this week's tapings but he was too busy with his real estate business, which has done well for him, to be able to work the tapings.

All signs are positive on Moore's knee issue we are told.

Steven Fernandez reporting:

Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions' first US trademark application 'Impact Grand Champion' which they filed for in October 2017 has been given an initial refusal for various reasons. The Goods and Services identification that Anthem applied for was "Belt buckles of common metal for use as awards"

The application was refused for the following reasons stated by the USPTO:

Registration is refused because the specimen does not show the applied-for mark in use in commerce in connection with any of the goods specified in International Class 26 in the application. Specifically, the specimen provided features the applied-for mark in use in commerce in connection with a full wrestling belt, as opposed to belt buckle goods, as set forth in the identification.  The specimen is therefore refused. 

Registration is refused because the applied-for mark as used on the specimen of record is merely a decorative or ornamental feature of applicant’s belt buckles and, thus, does not function as a trademark to indicate the source of applicant’s belt buckles and to identify and distinguish applicant’s belt buckles from others.  In this case, the submitted specimen shows the applied-for mark, IMPACT GRAND CHAMPION, located directly on the center area of the belt buckle, where ornamental elements often appear. Furthermore, the mark is displayed in a relatively large size on the belt buckle such that it dominates the overall appearance of the goods.  Lastly, the applied-for mark appears to be a slogan that is merely decorative and has little or no particular source-identifying significance. Therefore, consumers would view the applied-for mark as a decorative or ornamental feature of the goods, rather than as a trademark to indicate the source of applicant’s goods and to distinguish them from others.

Applicant must disclaim the wording “GRAND CHAMPION” because it merely describes a purpose or use of applicant’s goods, and thus is an unregistrable component of the mark.  

A final reason why it was refused and this was amusing, but the USPTO mentioned that there is a pending application that was filed prior to Anthem's that might cause likely confusion if it gets registered. That trademark is 'Impact Grand Championship' which was filed by TNA Entertainment Inc in September 2016. 


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