'Hotels.com' Trademark Too Generic: Fed. Cir.

Law360, New York (July 23, 2009, 5:34 PM EDT) -- Online discount travel Web site Hotels.com LP on Thursday lost its bid to register the trademark “hotels.com” when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled the mark was a too generic term for its services.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the appeals court affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's refusal of the registration on the ground that “hotels.com” was a generic term for hotel information and reservations, and that the “dot-com” showed Internet commerce and did not convert the generic...
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