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Nov 05, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 18/20)
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Trademark Examination Guide on Specimens Updated / New Exam Guide on Generic.com Terms


On October 30, 2020, the USPTO informed that they have issued an update to the trademark examination guide titled “Examination of Specimens for Use in Commerce: Digitally Created/Altered or Mockup Specimens.”

The updated guide addresses examination guidelines regarding digitally created or altered and mockup specimens. In particular, the updated guide revises the procedures for requests for information about the use in commerce of such specimens.

The guide can be found here

Further, on October 28, 2020, the USPTO informed that they have issued a new examination guide titled "Generic.com Terms after USPTO v. Booking.com."

The guide sets out procedures for examining applications for generic.com terms, which are any combination of a generic term and generic top-level domain designating an entity or information, such as “.com” or “.biz.”

These procedures were updated in light of United States Patent and Trademark Office et al. v. Booking.com B. V.

The guide can be found here


Source: www.uspto.gov