Firm News

July 23, 2020 11:40 EDT

By David S. Taylor, Esq.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Federal Registration of GENERIC.COM-Styled Trademark

It is a longstanding principle of U.S. trademark law that terms that generically name a class of products or services are ineligible for federal trademark registration. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”) has long taken the stance that the addition of a “.com” suffix to a generic term is likewise registration ineligible.


July 6, 2020 11:24 EDT

By David S. Taylor, Esq.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) Announces Expedited Appeals

On July 2, 2020, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”) announced a Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program that allows patent applicants to have
their ex parte appeals decided by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) within six months from the date an appeal is entered into the Pilot Program.