Yogi Bhajan Administrative Trust v Inderjit Kaur Puri

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP advised the Yogi Bhajan Administrative Trust (YBAT) on the deal.

The Yogi Bhajan Administrative Trust (YBAT), co-owner of trademark rights in the popular YOGI TEA brand, prevailed in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Court affirmed the decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (Board) sustaining our client’s opposition to Bibiji Inderjit Kaur Puri’s (YBAT’s co-owner) intent-to-use application to register the YOGI mark for various bath and beauty products. The Board found that Ms. Puri had a pre-existing interest in the YOGI mark shared with YBAT, and therefore did not have a bona fide intent to use the mark in commerce solely in her individual capacity. Among other things, Ms. Puri was aware at the time of filing that both co-owners had an equal interest in the YOGI mark. The Federal Circuit Court affirmed the Board’s decision in full.

The Greenberg Glusker team was led by Aaron Moss (Picture) and Elizabeth Sbardellati. It also included Ricardo P. Cestero and Vera Serova.

Involved fees earner: Ricardo Cestero – Greenberg Glusker LLP; Aaron Moss – Greenberg Glusker LLP; Elizabeth Sbardellati – Greenberg Glusker LLP; Vera Serova – Greenberg Glusker LLP;

Law Firms: Greenberg Glusker LLP;

Clients: Yogi Bhajan Administrative Trust;

Author: Martina Bellini