The Name “Airachnid”: DENIED

{mosimage}Unfortunately, the US Patent Office has denied Hasbro on usage of the name "Airachnid", due to potential name confusion.

Similarity of the Marks

Applicant’s mark, AIRACHNID, is highly similar to registrant’s mark, ARACHNOID.  The marks are both intended to be plays on the word “arachnid,” and as such, are highly similar in impression.  Additionally, the first portion of the marks, “AIRACHN” and “ARACHN” are nearly identical in sound and appearance, and the final portion “NID” and “NOID” is also highly similar. Note that slight differences in the sound of similar marks will not avoid a likelihood of confusion.

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