Thursday, March 29, 2007

Martha Stewart in potential trademark dispute with hometown of Katonah

The latest trademark battle to hit the news involves domestic diva Marhta Stewart. Apparently, one of her hometowns is upscale Katonah, New York, a place that I sometimes visited when working at AT&T in the early 1970s. The Katonah Village Improvement Society has filed legal action to prevent Martha from using the name of her hometown in Westchester County as part of the brand name for any other products. The New York Daily News story is here.
According to imdb, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia already uses the Katonah name for a furniture collection. It is not clear what confusion the town thinks results from her proposed use of the name. Katonah must file its objection before the US Patent and Trademark Office by April 11.

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