The Impact Of In Re Sones

Law360, New York (March 15, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT) -- It has often been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Although frequently true in trademark law, sometimes just a few words will suffice. Companies have long been unsure about the requirements for submitting an Internet-based specimen of use.

The Trademark Manual of Examination Procedures had likened the sale of goods over the Internet to catalog sales, and this led to confusion for companies trying to register their trademarks. A recent Federal Circuit case has modernized the rules, and a photograph is no longer...
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