Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What a Tweeting Mess!

Back in August, I posted about Twitter filing for the mark Retweet. The USPTO has since sent Twitter's legal counsel an Office Action suspending Retweet's application based on prior filings. However, let's take a closer look at these filings & perhaps we can figure out where Retweet is going to end up - abandoned or a real, live Federal trademark.

Here's what the USPTO is telling Twitter:

"Although the examining attorney has searched the Office records and has found no similar registered marks which would bar registration under Trademark Act Section 2(d), 15 U.S.C. Section 1052(d), the examining attorney encloses information regarding pending Application Serial Nos. 77724346, 77802071, 77797006, 77697186, 77749897, 77746004, 77725866, 77701645, 77695071...

Action on this application will be suspended pending the disposition of these application upon the applicant’s response to the office action."

Wooo, that's a whole lot of sevens! Okay, let's look at each one, in order...

TweetLaw is currently suspended pending the outcome of Tweet, which is owned by Twitter.

tweetdealz is currently suspended pending the outcome of a whole lot of filings, which includes Tweet.

TweetTV is currently suspended pending the outcome of quite a few filings. And yup, Tweet is one of them.

Cotweet is being published for opposition. This filing went to publication on the 3rd of this month. So far, no oppositions have been filed. If no oppositions are filed, this filing will move to registration.

TweetNetworking is currently suspended pending the outcome of 7 filings, which include Tweet.

tweetworking is also suspended because of other filings. And guess what? Tweet is in the mix.

TweetDeck is suspended because of Tweet.

tweetPhoto has filed using Twitter's pretty distinctive looking bubbly blue font but their refusal has to do with descriptiveness: "
The relevant definition of ‘tweet’ is “[a]n entry posted on the microblogging service Twitter.” See attached. The relevant definition of ‘photo’ is “photograph.” See attached. Thus, the term ‘tweetphoto’ means an entry posted on Twitter to which a photograph is attached."

TweetMarks looks pretty to good to go except the USPTO is waiting for clarification on a specimen from them. They have until December 9th of this year to respond or the mark becomes abandoned.

Wowza. Okay, let's take a step back & look at these filings. A good chunk of them are suspended based on Twitter's filing for Tweet so let's look at that filing:

"
Action on this application will be suspended pending the disposition of Application Serial Nos. 77695071, 77697186, and 77701645 upon receipt of the applicant’s response resolving the following."

TweetMarks, CoTweet, and tweetPhoto are the marks mentioned. Look familiar?


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