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SCOTUS Ruling In USPTO v. Booking.com Opens The Door For Generic Domain Owners To Register Their Trademark The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has believed that “generic.com” domain names were almost always generic and therefore not registrable under trademark law. However, the Supreme Court’s nearly unanimous decision in USPTO v. Booking.com (2020) 591 U.S....
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Trademark Ornamental Refusals - What to Consider
Trademark Ornamental Refusals – What to Consider Sometimes, the USPTO will issue eccentric and unusual refusals to a trademark application. One such refusal is called an ornamental refusal. If you receive a trademark ornamental refusals, it means your registration of your applied-for mark has been refused because your mark is essentially merely decorative. That is,...
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Renewing Your Trademark
Renewing Your Trademark-Excusable Non-Use Renewing Your Trademark – Even after you have successfully registered a mark with the US Patent and Trademark Office, you are not done in ensuring your mark stays registered and protected. Your trademark application must be renewed 5-6 years after your first registration in order to maintain that registration. You must...
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The Deceptively Misdescriptiveness Rejection
The ‘Deceptively Misdescriptiveness’ Rejection Deceptively Misdescriptiveness – There are many reasons your trademark application may be denied. One of the more unique reasons is something called “deceptively misdescriptiveness.” Your first question is probably “what does that even mean?” A mark is considered deceptively misdescriptive if it describes an ingredient, quality, characteristic, function, or feature of...
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Decreased Filing Fees & Increased Efficiency Promises USPTO Decreased Filing Fees – In what should come as great news to attorneys and their clients, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has amended several regulations that will increase electronic processing of trademark applications while reducing application fees. To achieve this, the USPTO will offer...
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The Trademark Registration Process Part 3
The Trademark Registration Process Part 3 Trademark Registration Process Part 3 – In Trademark Registration Part 2 of the trademark registration process we looked at the process for obtaining Federal registration of a mark.  Today, in tademark registration process part 3, we conclude with some miscellaneous, but still important, issues in the trademark registration process....
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Can Government Entity Trademark Insignia?
Can Government Entity Trademark Insignia? Government Entity Trademark Their Insignia? – Today we look at an interesting case, In Re City of Houston, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  This case consolidated two cases, one brought by the city of Houston, Texas, and the other by the government of the District of...
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The Trademark Registration Process Part 2
Registration Process for Trademark Part 2 Registration Process – Part 2 – Once the use in commerce (or intent to use) requirement is satisfied by the aspiring trademark registrant, the next step is to file an application for Federal registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO” or “Trademark Office”).  The use requirement...
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The Trademark Registration Process
The Trademark Registration Process Trademark Registration Process – How does one go about registering a trademark?  What are some of the requirements in order to obtain protection?  There are many steps and several issues to consider, but overall the process is not arcane or excessively complicated (unlike, for instance, the steps necessary to obtain a...
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Supplemental Register & Your Descriptive Mark
Trademark Trial Appeal Board & Infringement Lawsuits Trademark Trial Appeal Board (TTAB) – In B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled on a contentious case of trademark infringement litigation that had been going on for over fifteen years.  One of the central issues was the very, very interesting...
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