Lanham Act
The federal statute that governs trademarks, service marks, and unfair competition. The Lanham Act covers matters that include the procedures for federally registering trademarks, when owners of trademarks may be entitled to federal judicial protection against infringement, and other guidelines and remedies for trademark owners.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Lanham Act
USA
Lanham Trademark Act (Lanham Act), Also known as the Trademark Act of 1946.
The federal statute governing trademark law, including registration (with the US Patent and Trademark Office), maintenance and protection of trademarks used in or affecting interstate commerce. The Lanham Act provides a federal cause of action for infringement of trademarks registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The Lanham Act also provides federal causes of action for certain other unfair competition claims, such as trademark dilution, false advertising, false endorsement and passing off (which includes infringement claims for unregistered marks, trade dress and trade names).
The Lanham Act generally does not preempt state common law trademark and unfair competition principles or state trademark statutes.
For more information, see Practice Notes, Intellectual Property: Overview: Trademarks (www.practicallaw.com/8-383-4565) and Advertising: Overview: Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act (www.practicallaw.com/2-501-2799).

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


Lanham Act
n. 1947 federal law that defines and regulates trademarks.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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