We are pleased to announce that on January 22, 2008 the United States Patent and Trademark Office registered the distinctive “GA and Design” Mark to Gotham Audio, LLC. The Mark is registered under Number 3,371,152.
This successfully concludes the Gotham organization’s three year legal effort to confirm its ownership of the historic Mark. This ownership had been challenged in December 2005 by Westrex Corporation, a manufacturer of vacuum tubes. On December 13, 2007 the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board granted Gotham’s motion to dismiss this Opposition with prejudice. .
The “GA and Design” Mark registered to Gotham Audio, LLC is identical to the Mark that Stephen Temmer and his company Gotham Audio Corporation, registered as a US Trademark in August 1965. This identical Mark was subsequently registered by Temmer, through his company Gotham AG, as a Swiss Trademark in 1984.
The Patent and Trademark Office recognized that Gotham Audio, LLC co-member and CEO, Franz Ammann, could assert use of this Mark as early as the spring of 1984. Most significantly, the date of first use and first use in commerce was set as March 14, 1984, prior to Stephen Temmer’s retirement and prior to the expiration of his original US trademark registration in November 1985 . So the lineage of the Gotham Audio, LLC “GA and Design” Mark is now clearly linked to the original 1965 US Mark and to Temmer’s 1984 trademark application in Switzerland. The direct connection between Gotham Audio, LLC and Stephen Temmer’s Gotham Audio Corporation is now a matter of record.
We could ask for no better way to begin 2008, a year which marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Gotham Audio in the US and the 25th anniversary of the founding of Gotham AG in Switzerland.