US trademark

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The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has recently updated its draft examination guide and listed types of marks that are considered “informational” and otherwise not eligible for trademark protection.

According to the USPTO,

The set of wording held as merely informational by case law is growing. Marks that include this wording must be refused because they do not identify the source of the goods or services.

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When Can US Trademark Law Apply outside the US?

by AEON Law on October 4, 2016

Trader Joe’s market

Gets chance to make trademark case

against copycat

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For the most part, US intellectual property laws apply only inside the territorial boundaries of the US.

There are some rare exceptions. For example, as we blogged about previously, US patent law can apply to cases of infringement on US-flagged ships in international waters.

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