Originally posted 2011-08-29 23:18:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
The TTABlog examines, so to speak, an almost metaphysical TTAB discussion of when a trademark is or is not “unitary” for purposes of the requirement to disclaim non-registrable elements:
“When a compound word mark is formed by hyphenating two words or terms, one of which would be unregistrable alone, the mark is deemed unitary and no disclaimer is necessary.”
This one is not for amateurs, but if you’re a trademark pro you should take a look at it.