OBX Trademark Claim Fails In Appeal

The creator of the shorthand OBX to denote North Carolina's Outer Banks has lost a trademark infringement claim against a company that used a variation of the abbreviation.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed a lower court, which tossed the claim by OBX-Stock
Inc. that Bicast Inc. infringed on its trademark when it began
selling stickers with the text "OB Xtreme."

The U.S. District Court in Raleigh, N.C., found in June 2006 that OBX was either generic or a descriptive for North Carolina's 200 miles of barrier islands and was not a valid trademark. The appeals panel agreed.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2009 at 08:08 PM
    Yawn....snooze....zzzzzzzzzzz
  • by paul Location: kinston on Feb 28, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    They don't read the stories at WITN.They re-print others. I want to know why the X is needed in those moronic OBX stickers anyway.What is not covered in O.B.?Typical garbage we didn't need in the first place.Another trinket made in China sold to dunces on vacation.
  • by ReadandComprehend Location: NC on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:36 PM
    ....OBX was either generic or a descriptive for North Carolina's 200 miles of barrier islands and was not a valid trademark. IT WAS GENERIC and had nothing to do with registering it!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    Too bad he didn't register it.
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