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."
Trademarks for the Troops A hearty THANK YOU from all of us at TradeMark Express to our troops.
Since it's Veteran's Day, I thought it'd be nifty to take a look at filed trademarks that are about the vets.
Hope for Veterans is owned by Community Hope and "is a transitional housing program...to provide a safe, supportive environment wherein former servicemen and women can start rebuilding their lives." Find out more about them here.
Recruit Veterans "is a service-disabled veteran owned and operated staffing and recruiting firm." Read more about them here.
Thank a Vet is a pending trademark for a clothing line. Buy the clothes here.
Launched in September of this year, Trademarkia is a free, incredibly easy to use search engine that allows users to search the USPTO database of Federal trademarks, be they live or dead.
Two of my favorite features:
* Logo Themes: The USPTO does offer the capability to search logos on their site but it's a bit cumbersome. Here's an article about how one can do so. But Trademarkia's interface is much easier & really, it's just neat to browse through logos.
* Trademark Categories: aka Goods/Services Each classification is accounted for here & each has it's own snazzy design leading you into the International Classification. Once you're in a class, you can then look at Federal trademarks alphabetically.
Now it should be said that while Trademarkia is super snazzy, very easy to use & just overall cool looking -- this is a search of the Federal trademarks ONLY, meaning we're missing State trademarks & Common-Law databases.
Here's a visual snapshot of the USPTO's Distinctiveness & Descriptiveness Continuum. Click to view a larger version. I hope it makes the PTO's guidelines a little clearer plus I like charts, graphs & whatnot :)
So far I've written about merely descriptive marks so I'll be sure to hit the other sections & re-post this visual with links to each new post.