商標登録insideNews: USPTO Updates Examination Guide for Proof of Trademark Use | Seyfarth Shaw LLP – JDSupra

As we reported in November 2019, the USPTO has been making significant revisions to its rules to combat an influx of fraudulent trademark filings. Some of the biggest rule changes last year were to specimen requirements. The USPTO required that screenshots of websites needed to show the full URL and date, and that product packaging needed to be accompanied by an image or description of the product. In other words, hangtags by themselves or empty boxes were no longer acceptable.

情報源: USPTO Updates Examination Guide for Proof of Trademark Use | Seyfarth Shaw LLP – JDSupra

USPTO Examination Guide 3-19

商標登録insideNews: U.S. Trademark Office Issues Guide on How It Will Apply the Supreme Court’s Booking.com Decision to Examination of Relevant Applications | Mintz – Trademark & Copyright Viewpoints – JDSupra

As we reported in our July 7, 2020 blog post on the USPTO v. Booking.com B.V decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a proposed mark consisting of the combination of a generic term and a generic top-level domain, like “.com,” is not automatically generic and can be protected as a trademark under certain circumstances. Now, the U.S. Trademark Office has issued an Examination Guide providing guidance on how it intends to apply that ruling to the examination of applications for these types of proposed trademarks.

情報源: U.S. Trademark Office Issues Guide on How It Will Apply the Supreme Court’s Booking.com Decision to Examination of Relevant Applications | Mintz – Trademark & Copyright Viewpoints – JDSupra

Examination Guide 3-20 Generic.com Terms after USPTO v. Booking.com October 2020