Is Martin Goodman's Grandson Trying To Get The Name Of Atlas Comics Back?

Once there was a Timely comics. Then it was known as Atlas Comics. Then it was known as Marvel Comics.

In 2010, the grandson of Martin Goodman, Jason Goodman announced a partnership with his company Nemesis Group Inc and comic publisher Ardden Entertainment to relaunch his father's Atlas Comics brand starting with two #0 issues featuring the Grim Ghost and Phoenix. With another character, Wulf the Barbarian, they were the stars of a miniseries, Atlas Unified, announced in September 2011 for publication that November.

However Jeffrey Stevens had acquired the trademark "Atlas Comics" for comic books in 2005. Nemesis filed suit, arguing that Stevens had no demonstrated use of the trademark, but in 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled against Goodman, and in that August, Jeffrey Stevens sold the trademark to Dynamite Characters LLC.

However, this month, the Nemesis Group has filed paperwork for this logo

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Video game cartridges and discs; Video game discs; Video game software; Video and computer game programs; Computer game software for use with personal computers, home video game consoles used with televisions and arcade-based video game consoles; Computer game software for use with personal computers, home video game consoles used with televisions and arcade-based video game consoles; Computer programs for video and computer games; Vinyl covers specially adapted for cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, computers, portable satellite radios, personal digital assistants, remote controls, and television satellite recorders. Comic books; Comics; Graphic novels; Graphic art prints; Graphic art reproductions; Graphic prints; Framed graphic art reproductions. Graphic T-shirts; Graphic T-shirts; Halloween costumes. Appliques. Costume masks; Video game machines; Arcade video game machines; Arcade-type electronic video games; Coin-operated video games. On-line retail store services featuring physical and virtual merchandise for use by members of an online community in connection with a designated website featuring fictional characters; Subscriptions to books, reviews, newspapers or comic books. Imprinting messages on wearing apparel and mugs. Creating and developing concepts for television programs; Entertainment services in the nature of creation, development, and production of television programming; Providing online non-downloadable comic books and graphic novels; Providing online non-downloadable comic books and graphic novels; Providing online non-downloadable comic books and graphic novels; Screenplay writing

The previous upheld trademark currently with Dynamite Entertainment was registered in October 2005, over ten years ago. Is Nemesis planning a challenge?

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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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