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The USPTO Extended Trademark Deadlines to June 1, 2020 Due to Covid -19. Here's What You Need to Know About the USPTO Deadline Extension

The USPTO is now extending the following select deadlines to June 1, 2020if the original due date fell between March 27 and May 31, 2020, if the reason for the delay is due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Trademark owners must demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak materially interfered with the timely filing or the ability to pay.  The extension applies to the following actions:

Does a .com Suffix Make a Trademark?

The United States Supreme Court will rule on whether the addition of the suffix .com to an already generic trademark is enough to allow the mark to be trademarked.  The case involves the mark "".  As a starting point, it is important to note that generic marks cannot be the subject of a trademark registration.  Booking Holdings Inc. filed an application for the mark "".  The trademark Office asserted that the term "Booking" is generic and the addition of the ".com" suffix was also generic and therefore the combined terms did not result in a registerable mark.   

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