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Loletta Darden

is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Loletta is a registered Patent Attorney and Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School. Loletta teaches in the area of intellectual property law (patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret). She is the Director of Suffolk’s Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic serving new and emerging businesses. In the Clinic, Loletta teaches a seminar on practical applications of intellectual property law and related skills, including trademark clearance, prosecution and registration; design/utility patent searching and clearance; advertising, branding and marketing law; litigation and TTAB practice; copyright, patent and trademark counseling; licensing; transactional drafting, advocacy; client counseling and interviewing; and negotiation. Loletta also teaches a trademark class entitled USPTO Trademark Practice, which teaches the skills necessary to practice before the U.S. Trademark Office. Prior to joining Suffolk, Loletta was Chief IP Counsel for Honeywell Consumer Products. She also has experience in private practice where she and advised emerging technology businesses, Fortune 100® companies, and individuals on protecting, exploiting and creating rights in patents, trademarks, and copyrights. After graduating from Suffolk Law School, Loletta served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Francis J. Boyle, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. During her career, Loletta has had the opportunity to participate in several precedent setting patent and trademark cases, including Atlantic Thermoplastics v. Faytex Corp., Micron Separations, Inc. v. Pall Corporation – the companion case to Markman v. Westview Instruments, and Curtin v. United Trademark Holdings (trademark opposition finding consumer standing to oppose registration).

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Recent Articles by Loletta Darden

The Supreme Court’s Holding that Generic Terms Can Be Trademarks Is Not Fair to Struggling Startups

At a time when small businesses are reeling, the Supreme Court decided to make life even more challenging for startups and mom and pop shops. The Court recently decided that a generic term combined with “.com” or “.net” could be registered as a federal trademark. If that sounds like no big deal to you, you have not thought it through. Based on the Court’s decision in United States Patent and Trademark Office et al. v., someone could register a trademark for That would mean that Joe of Joe’s Auto Repair would have to get permission, and likely pay a licensing fee, to use the name Joe’s Auto Repair on his website and marketing materials. Multiply that by thousands of other generic business categories and the reality becomes clear.

Rescuing Rapunzel: Suffolk Law Professors and students work to keep fairy tale princess in the public domain

United Trademark Holdings Inc. is attempting to trademark Rapunzel (and likely has plans for other fairy tale princess names) for its line of dolls. Law Professors Rebecca Curtin and Loletta Darden of Suffolk University Law School, along with help from Suffolk’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic, filed an opposition to United’s trademark registration on May 9, 2018. In their Notice of Opposition, they argue that the name Rapunzel belongs to the public.  “No company should ever be able to be the only company that can call their doll Rapunzel, because Rapunzel is already in the public domain,” said Curtin, who specializes in intellectual property law. “Rapunzel already belongs to everyone.”