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Case: Trademarks/Discovery (T.T.A.B.)

June 3, 2020, 2:19 PM

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board denied Spliethoff’s Bevrachtingskantoor B.V.'s motion for leave to take additional depositions beyond the ten-deposition limit of Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(a)(2) in its challenge to United Yacht Transport’s attempt to register the mark “United Yacht Transport” for transport of yachts by boat. Spliethoff opposed the registration on grounds of fraud, likelihood of confusion, and nonuse in commerce. Spliethoff sought to depose six additional parties, but the board determined that it made the sufficient particularized showing as to why discovery is necessary as to only one of the ten previously taken depositions.

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