Entries by Maria L. Cedroni

The Value of Design Patents

Design patents may provide an avenue to protect important and valuable intellectual property rights. Many products derive significant value from their visual appearance such as product design or ornamental features that can be protected via a design patent. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a protectable design as one that “consists of […]


Supreme Court Rejects USPTO Rule That Addition of “.com” to a Generic Term is Ineligible for Trademark Registration

July 6, 2020  On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the Supreme Court rejected the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) proposed rule that a generic term, combined with a generic Internet suffix (e.g., “.com’), is generic and, thus, not eligible for federal trademark registration. That means that adding “.com” to a generic term – in this […]