Products Comparison Manual for Trademark Users, Third Edition, with 2016 Cumulative Supplement

This unique guide for trademark users and practitioners contemplating trademark infringement proceedings and trademark registration makes readily accessible 84 years of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and court decisions on whether a client's mark used to identify a particular product might be confusingly similar to another mark used to identify other products. It contains more than 83,000 product comparisons, with citations for every comparison. The decisions discussed are fully searchable on an accompanying CD-ROM.

David R. Higgins
Contributing Author (Second and Third Editions)


The only resource available for product comparisons with cites to U.S. Patents Quarterly, unpublished decisions of the TTAB, USPTO's Official Gazette, and TTAB proceeding numbers

TTAB Decisions -- New Link and Page Instructions

One of the biggest problems facing trademark attorneys who deal with selecting new trademarks, prosecuting trademark applications in the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), or litigating trademark rights is determining whether a client's mark used to identify a particular product might be confusingly similar to another mark used to identify other products. Products Comparison Manual for Trademark Users guides practitioners through both the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's and the court's findings on similarity of products for trademark uses and it has been for more than two decades. This handy reference makes 84 years of Board decisions readily accessible to practitioners for use in trademark infringement proceedings and for trademark registration matters.

More Than 83,000 Product Comparisons and Their Citations
The Third Edition contains more than 83,000 product comparisons, decided by the courts and TTAB. It also includes citations for every comparison, making it easy to find decisions on the Patent and Trademark Office website or in Bloomberg BNA's U.S. Patents Quarterly.

Complete Analysis and Editorial Uniformity
To help practitioners conduct the most complete search possible of similar products, the authors have analyzed the findings of the courts and/or the Board in order to impose editorial uniformity on the descriptions of products listed in the cases and have assigned U.S. Class numbers to each product. The Third Edition covers TTAB proceedings through December, 2012, including 3,300 comparisons from that year alone.

Searchable CD-ROM, with Data Spanning 84 Years of TTAB Action, Allows Electronic Searching and Linking
The accompanying CD-ROM fully incorporates the new data from each annual update into the Third Edition, providing one seamless data file spanning 84 years of TTAB action. Virtually all of the product comparisons are provided on the CD-ROM, allowing for electronic searching and linking, in most cases, to the full text decisions either on the PTO's Decisions website or, for Bloomberg BNA subscribers, on the IP Resource Center.

The2016 Cumulative Supplement adds approximately 4,500 new comparisons from 2015 to 5,300 new comparisons from 2013 and 2014. The CD-ROM fully incorporates the 2016 Cumulative Supplement data into the Third Edition, providing one seamless, electronically searchable data file spanning 87 years, and a total of more than 92,000 product comparisons.


Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book's authors and editors.
Francis M. Pinckney, retired, was Of Counsel for K&L Gates LLP, Charlotte, NC, where he focused his practice solely on intellectual property. Mr. Pinckney earned his law degree from the The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC. He was selected to the North Carolina Super Lawyers in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

David R. Higgins is with the firm of Tillman Wright, PLLC, Charlotte, NC, where his areas of practice include patent and trademark law, with a particular focus on patent preparation and prosecution.


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