2L Kristyn Webb has won the International Trademark Association’s Ladas Memorial Award. The award is given to two students annually for writing excellence on the subject of trademarks and related matters. Webb’s winning article is titled “Issue Preclusion Prohibits a “Second Bite of the Apple” But Offers Opponent a Third Bite Instead.” It’s a casenote on B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court held that a determination on the issue of likelihood of confusion in a trademark registrability proceeding could preclude the issue in a later trademark infringement lawsuit. Webb says the case “has serious implications for practitioners because it ups the ante on inter partes proceedings.”
Student winners of the Ladas Memorial Award receive a cash prize and complimentary registration to INTA’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.