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Royal Warrants Issued by Queen Elizabeth II Permitting Companies to Use UK’s Royal Coat of Arms Subject to Review in Two Years

In the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, companies that were issued Royal Warrants to use the royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom during her reign may have to reapply. The Royal Arms is used by the UK’s monarch in their official capacity. As explained by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, a Royal Warrant gives its holder the right to display the Royal Arms on their product, packaging, stationary, advertising, premises, and vehicles.

To qualify for a Royal Warrant, a business must provide its products or services to the Royal Household on an ongoing, regular basis for no less than five years out of the past seven. Such businesses must also show that they have sustainability policies upon applying for the right to use the famous symbol.

Queen Elizabeth II was on the throne for nearly 71 years. During her time in power, she granted approximately 686 Royal Warrants to companies including Heinz, Coca-Cola, Tabasco, Schweppes, Nestle, Cadbury, Johnnie Walker, Dewar’s, Kellogg, Veuve Clicquot, and Moet & Chandon. Such companies are only permitted to continue using the Royal Arms for two years following the Queen’s death, which voided her Royal Warrants. Thereafter, the Queen’s Royal Warrants are subject to review by King Charles III, the UK’s new reigning monarch.

The Royal Arms Shown on Heinz Ketchup Bottles

TTAB Rules for Prince’s Estate in “PURPLE RAIN” Trademark Opposition Proceeding

In a recent trademark opposition over the mark “PURPLE RAIN”, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) ruled for the estate of famous American musician Prince over energy drink company Bang Energy. Bang’s affiliate filed the trademark application for “PURPLE RAIN” in January 2020 for use in connection with a variety of energy drinks and snacks. An opposition was instituted shortly thereafter.

The TTAB determined that the evidence “shows that PURPLE RAIN is the title of Prince’s ‘most iconic’ album” as well as the title of a motion picture starring the singer. The Board also relied on the results of an expert survey, which found that 66.3% of respondents associated “PURPLE RAIN” with Prince.

(Image used in TTAB Order)

This is Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Opposition No. 91269739, NPG Records, LLC (substituted for NPG Records, Inc.); and Paisley Park Enterprises, LLC (substituted for Comerica Bank & Trust, N.A.) v. JHO Intellectual Property Holdings LLC (TTAB Aug. 23, 2022).

Kelly Malloy Tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society at the University of Miami

The Firm congratulates Kelly Malloy, a Registered Patent Agent in the Miami office, on her recent tapping into the Iron Arrow Honor Society. Founded in 1926, Iron Arrow is the highest honor that can be bestowed at the University of Miami. The Society’s purpose is the protection, improvement, and general welfare of UM, and it is a recognized clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. Additionally, Iron Arrow’s criteria for membership are scholarship, leadership, character, humility, and love of alma mater. Ms. Malloy is one of just 17 selected for membership this semester out of all students, faculty, staff, and alumni across all of UM’s undergraduate, graduate, medical, and law communities.  She is a J.D. candidate and, upon completing the Florida Bar, the Firm looks forward to Ms. Malloy becoming a full-time Associate Attorney in the Fall.