Overturning TTAB, Judge Rules 'Booking.com' Not Generic

Law360, New York (August 10, 2017, 7:33 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge on Thursday reversed a decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that “Booking.com” could not be registered as a trademark, ruling that the addition of “.com” to a generic term makes it potentially protectable under the Lanham Act.

Though the Federal Circuit has repeatedly ruled that adding a so-called top-level domain, or TLD, to a generic term does not transform it into protectable term, U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said it was an issue of first impression in the Fourth...
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