Federal Circuit Upholds USPTO Refusal to Register “Patents.com” as Trademark

Law360, New York (June 28, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit has upheld the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s refusal to register the trademark “patents.com,” ruling that adding the suffix “.com” is no different than adding terms such as “”Corp.”, “Inc.”, and “Co.”

On May 3, 2001, Carl Oppedahl filed an intent-to-use application to register the mark patents.com. The application identified the relevant goods as “Computer software for managing a database of records and for tracking the status of the records by means of the Internet.”

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