Perhaps thirty years ago it was unheard of for consumers to purchase goods without physically inspecting them. That is no longer the case today. A substantial portion of consumer purchases are made by customers over the web, who never see a physical product until it is delivered to them.... more »
New decision - relevant to unity of control section and presumably TMEP will be updated to incorporate it in time: In re Wacker Neuson SE, Serial No. 79060553 (T.T.A.B. December 28, 2010) [precedential] (reversing a 2(d) refusal when the applicant and owner of the cited mark were related in a corporate family (wholly owned subsidiaries of a joint parent)).
The Trademark Act merely requires that a mark be used in commerce. It does not say that the mark must be used on the goods. This section is a common sense alternative to the overly-rigid standard set by the Trademark Rules. If a mark is used on invoices received by the buyer, that is a good use under the Trademark Act. It should also be good use under the Trademark Rules and the TMEP.
It would be nice if references to the statutes, regulations and cases that are cited in the TMEP were all active hyperlinks to that underlying material.
I think that indexing in the TMEP could be improved and more cross references added. For instance, if you want to look up "Abandonment" in the index, all you get is "Abandonment of application" and numerous related subtopics. You don't get any references to "Abandonment of mark" or "Abandonment, presumption of."
> On day one, Alpha files for mark ABC for shirts.
> On day two, Beta files for mark ABC for shirts. The application is blocked by Alpha’s earlier application.
> On day three, Alpha files for mark ABC for sweaters.... more »
In re Royal BodyCare, Inc., 83 USPQ2d 1564 (TTAB 2007) (reversing refusal to register NANOCEUTICAL, holding mark was used in a manner that creates a... more »
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it woudl be helpful to have a section in the manual instructing on how to submit a request under the trademark office's Consistency Initative Program. Currently, the TMEP does not even mention the program.
For example, a baby blue barbecue grill is not inherently distinctive. See Qualitex. In contrast, a baby blue and... more »
This section does not address the situation where one party does not directly owns the other but owns it through an intermediate subsidiary, that is, the other party is a subsidiary of a subisdiary. In that situation there should be unity of control as well and a declaration should not be necessary. That situation should be mentioned in the section.
(2) If the registered mark is not in use in commerce on or in connection with all the goods or services in the registration, set forth the date when use of the mark in commerce stopped and the approximate date when use is expected to resume; and . . ."
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