USPTO Asks High Court To Hear '.Com' Trademark Case

Law360 (July 8, 2019, 6:27 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that said the addition of ".com" to an otherwise generic term can turn it into a protectable trademark, warning that the decision will have "serious and immediate anticompetitive effects."

In petition for a writ of certiorari filed Friday, the agency asked the justices to undo a February decision by the Fourth Circuit that said Booking.com BV could register its name as a trademark despite the fact that the word "booking" is just a generic term for the services the company offers.

If that ruling is left standing,...

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