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July 2016 Trademark Prosecution Lunch Update

The July 2016 trademark section of the prosecution lunch featured a discussion of the USPTO’s proposal to require submission of additional specimens in trademark applications to ensure that the goods and services listed in the application are accurate. Additionally, the USPTO has issued a proposal to increase fees, including a large increase for paper filing. Recent trademark cases were also discussed, including a review of In re Morgan Brown, in which the TTAB found that trademarks for products which are legal under state law, but illegal under federal law are not registrable. Additional cases regarding descriptiveness (In re North Carolina Lottery) and sufficient evidence needed to show geographic descriptiveness (In re Vili Group Inc.) are also reviewed. The presentation may be downloaded here.

July 2016 Trademark Prosecution Lunch Update from Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett and Henry LLP