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.

By Ron Coleman

LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION blog author Ron Coleman is a member of Dhillon Law Group in their New York City and Montclair, New Jersey offices. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and Princeton University.

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  1. When I was an examiner, I always found this distinction silly. Especially in light of the fact that if you were to ask an examiner to amend a mark to add a hyphen, it would not be considered a material alteration and therefore allowed.

    If a hyphen wouldn’t make a difference for purposes of material alteration, why does it make a difference for disclaiming descriptive matter?

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