February 28, 2020 / 10:25 PM / in a month

Fed Circuit passes on casino owner’s trademark 'The Joint'

The owner of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas cannot register a trademark on a music venue and nightclub called the “The Joint,” a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

Saying “the joint” is a generic term for a nightclub or bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld an administrative court’s refusal to register a trademark sought by the casino’s owner, JC Hospitality LLC, a joint venture backed by firms including Virgin Group Ltd.

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