Peloton Interactive, Inc., the maker of the popular Peloton® stationary bicycles, recently filed a Petition to Cancel the registration owned by Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc. for the trademark “SPIN” for stationary exercise bicycles and physical fitness instruction. From Peloton’s perspective, “spin class" and "spin bike" are part of the fitness lexicon. Even five minutes of simple Google searching reveals that everyone in the world—other than Mad Dogg—understands that "spin" and "spinning" are generic terms to describe a type of exercise bike and associated in-studio class.
How can this be? Can Peloton take away someone else’s trademark registration?
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