Blawgletter(TM) knows that the Patent and Trademark Office can’t register marks that merely describe a service and can’t designate a source of the service.  The owner of Martindale-Hubbell learned the same thing the hard way today, when the Federal Circuit upheld the PTO’s refusal to register "", rejecting it as "generic" under the Lanham Act.  In re Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., No. 06=1309 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 12, 2007).

As many of you may recall, Blawgletter(TM) has submitted our own application for registering the utterly non-generic Blawgletter(TM) mark.  Utterly non-generic, we tells ya.

Barry Barnett

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