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In Brief: Steridyne's ZZ Topper

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Steridyne's ZZ Topper: Testimony period is slated to start April 6 in the trademark dispute between Riviera Beach, Florida-based Steridyne, maker of the ZZ Topper gel-filled flotation mattress pad for the treatment of decubitus ulcers, and B.H. Associates, the owner of trademarks relating to the musical group ZZ Top. After Steridyne registered the ZZ Topper trademark in May 1993, B.H. Associates filed a notice of opposition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, arguing that Steridyne's mark would "likely" confuse and deceive the public "into the mistaken belief" that the device originated with or was "approved, endorsed, or sponsored" by the Texas rock group...
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