Stitch Designs: A New Standard for Trademark Dilution?

Michael Atkins recently published an interesting post on his “Seattle Trademark Lawyer” blog entitled “Ninth Circuit Changes Dilution Standard”.  Unlike trademark infringement, which requires a likelihood of confusion between two marks, trademark dilution 

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only applies to famous marks. If a mark lessens the capacity of a famous mark to identify and distinguish good and services, it may be diluting the famous mark. In a case involving the stitch designs on the pockets of Levi Strauss and Abercrombie & Fitch jeans, the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s decision, stating that the two marks no longer need to be “identical or nearly identical”.  Atkins posted side-by-side drawings of the two stitch designs.  Take a look and draw your own conclusions.

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