CEASE AND DESIST LETTERS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE–SINATRA ED.

Bill Loizon, a Birminghan, Michigan entrepreneur with a self-proclaimed “passion for humor,” sought to register the trademark FRANKS ANATRA for his award-winning catering business.  FRANKS referred to his specialties, hot dogs and sausages, and ANATRA is Italian for “duck.”  Get it?

Neither did Frank Sinatra Enterprises, which filed an opposition proceeding in the Trademark Office to prevent Loizon from registering the mark.  In an opinion which in places reads like a fan letter to Old Blue Eyes, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board last week ruled against Loizon.

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