IP: USPTO asks for comments on application requirements for TLDs marks

The USPTO's examination guide will become official policy guidance to trademark examiners and practitioners and will illustrate its policies and rules.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking input on registrability and examination requirements for trademark applications consisting of a top-level domain name (TLD).

The examination guide, “Applications for Marks Comprised of gTLDs for Domain Name Registration or Registry Services,” when finalized, will become official USPTO policy guidance to trademark examiners and practitioners and will illustrate its policies and rules. The comment period closes on Sept. 8, 2013.

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John McElwaine

John C. McElwaine is a partner and intellectual property attorney at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP (Charleston, S.C.). He devotes his practice to Internet,...

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