City Seals Can Be Trademarked, Houston Tells Fed. Circ.

Law360, New York (December 21, 2012, 5:23 PM ET) -- The city of Houston recently told the Federal Circuit that federal law does not block cities from putting trademarks on their official insignia, urging the appeals court to reverse the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's denial of Houston's trademark application.

In a reply brief filed with the Federal Circuit on Dec. 14, Houston argued that the USPTO should have allowed the city to trademark its official seal in connection with promoting municipal services, such as tourism or economic development programs, and asked the appeals court to...
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