Nominative fair use is a contentious issue in the field of trademark law. Manufacturers of original products who oppose the use of their actual products in advertisements for complementary goods often resort to the Lanham Act to prevent such practices. Courts have found the use of another's product in the advertising of complementary goods falls outside the nominative fair use defense. This article examines the nominative fair use defense and whether nominative fair use should encompass such uses.
Vanessa P. Rollins,
Trademark Fair Use: Braun® Versus the Bunny,
13 Marq. Intellectual Property L. Rev. 285
Available at: http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/iplr/vol13/iss2/3