American BMX Company (ABC) is thrilled announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) dismissed a challenge by J.B. Witmer Company to its ownership of the Cook Bros. Racing trademark. “We are happy this is behind us so we can move on with our plans to develop and sell a full line of Cook Bros. Racing products. We are really excited about the products we’ve already developed and what is to come,” said Marc Cote, ABC’s owner.
According to the USPTO, the trademark for the brand was deemed “dead” in June 1998. It was last registered by the J.B. Witmer Company, Inc. in November 1991.
ABC applied for the “dead” trademark in August 2020 and received preliminary approval in November. Following ABC’s announcement that it acquired the trademark, attorney Timothy M. Brown, on behalf of J.B. Witmer, filed a request for an extension of time to file an opposition to the ABC trademark application with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on Dec. 14. On Dec. 15, the TTAB granted a 30-day extension.
American BMX Company (ABC) is busy developing a ling of modern BMX components that will features the legendary Cook Bros. racing name. ABC recently acquired the rights to the brand name. The company announced earlier this year that it bought Race Inc. Quality BMX Products and acquired the rights to Bottema Forks, two more legendary BMX brands. Cook Bros. Racing, founded by brothers Gary and Craig in 1972, was an early player in the high-end world of BMX racing, making chromoly frames and forks and a range of CNC-machined components. Among the company’s innovations is the Uni stem, a predecessor to the threadless stems found on most bikes today. The brothers also produced mountain bike frames and components through the 1980s and into the 1990s. They sold Cook Bros. Racing in 1984.
“We are very excited about acquiring the rights to the Cook Bros. Racing brand. We already have a full line of Neo Retro and retro-mod components in development. We’ll offer handlebars, stems, seatclamps and other parts suitable for the retro crowd or even BMX racers looking for something unique for their modern race bikes,” said Marc Côté, the owner of Montreal-based ABC.
Among the products in development are Neo Retro products such as handlebars and stems in 22.2 and 31.8 diameters, seatclamps, headsets and cranks. ABC also plans to sell brake sets and hubs co-