PWInsider.com is reporting that a recent trademark application for the National Wrestling Alliance by NWA President Bruce Tharpe has been partially suspended by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
According to the report, the partial suspension is due to the following:
"a likelihood of confusion with a registered mark and under Trademark Act Sections 1 and 45 for failure to show the applied-for mark in use in commerce with any of the specified goods in Class 25. The applicant was also informed that the marks in two pending applications present a potential bar to registration under Section 2(d), if registered. In addition, applicant was required to provide an amended definite identification of goods, provide information relevant to examination under 37 C.F.R. §2.61(b), clarify the mark description, provide clarification regarding the claimed dates of first use, and provide clarification regarding the applicant’s claim of concurrent use."
Tharpe had initially applied for the trademark back in March after it had lapsed in December. What this essentially means, according to the report, is that there are other applications that feature a similar brand name that could potentially come into conflict with one another. Furthermore, the report also states that Tharpe's application did not provide an adequate amount of proof that the brand would be used in a commercial manner.
It was previously reported that the purchase of the NWA by Billy Corgan was "in jeopardy" due to difficulty involving the transfer of trademarks; however, multiple sources have confirmed that discussions regarding the purchase have been ongoing since that time.