Trademark practitioners recently received welcome news that United StatesPatent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had updated certain of its trademarkapplication policies. On August 3, 2000, the USPTO issued an Examination Guideindicating that the terms Internet and Intranet would be deemedacceptable terms for use in identification of goods and services in connectionwith federal trademark applications. Prior to such announcement, the USPTO wouldnot permit such terms to be used due to the existence of a federal trademarkregistration that previously had been issued for the mark INTERNET. Instead,trademark practitioners had been relegated to use cumbersome and wordy phrasessuch as global computer network and internal computer network todescribe the concepts of the Internet and Intranet. The registration for the mark INTERNET that prevented the USPTO fromaccepting use of the terms Internet or Intranet (the latter termbeing precluded because of its close similarity in sound, appearance and generalmeaning to the former) was issued by the USPTO in 1989 - before the coming ofage of the Internet as the general public knows it today. The registrationfor this mark covered use of the term in connection with certain specificcommunication services in the banking industry. This federal trademarkregistration essentially precluded the USPTO from being able to accept use...
USPTO Changes Policy Regarding Use of Terms 'Internet' and 'Intranet' In Trademark Applications
|Author:||Mr James D Nohl|
|Profession:||Holland & Knight LLP|
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