The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Cynthia Henderson Attorney-Advisor Office of Intellectual Property Policy and Enforcement (571) 272-9300 [email protected] Overview of Trademarks. Topics . International Standards of Protection under TRIPS
Such signs, in particular words including personal names, letters, numerals, figurative elements and combinations of colours as well as any combination of such signs shall be eligible for registration as trademarks.”
both words and design
1. File Application.
2. Examination by Examining Attorney – Allowed, Amended, or Refused.
3. If Allowed, Notice of Allowance and publication in the Official Gazette.
4. If Refused, appeal to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
5. If Refusal is affirmed:
6. The Office of the Solicitor defends Director of USPTO in ex parte appeals of TTAB decisions.
7. After publication, Opposition period. Both parties (Opposer and Applicant) have right to appeal the TTAB decision.
8. If no Opposition, Registration issues.
9. Cancellation proceeding available to cancel a registration. Both parties have right to appeal TTAB decision. In general, USPTO not involved in inter partes appeals of TTAB decision.
Requirements in the First Ten Years
First Filing:A Declaration of Continued Use or Excusable Nonuse, filed between the 5th and 6th years after the registration date.
Second Filing:A Combined Declaration of Continued Use or Excusable Nonuse and an Application for Renewal*, filed between the 9th and 10th years after the registration date.
*For Registrations under §66(a), only a Declaration of Use is required. Renewal must be made at the International Bureau, under Article 7 of the Madrid Protocol.
“No trademark by which the goods of the applicant may be distinguished from the goods of others shall be refused registration on the principal register . . . unless it . . . consists of a mark which, when used on or in connection with the goods of the applicant is merely descriptive or deceptively misdescriptive of them. . .”
Capable of Distinguishing Goods or Services?
FeatureThe Merely Descriptive Test
SNO-RAKE held not merely descriptive of a snow removal hand tool; LA YOGURT held registrable with a disclaimer of “yogurt”
“No trademark . . . shall be refused registration . . . unless it . . . so resembles a mark registered in the Patent and Trademark Office . . . as to be likely, when used on or in connection with the goods [or services] of the applicant to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive . . .”