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Archived updates for Monday, January 16, 2006

TTAB Ex Parte Affirmance Rates for 2005

John Welch at the TTABlog has done a painstaking review of the TTAB's decisions for the past year which yielded the following approximate statistics regarding the Board's affirmance rate for ex parte refusals
  • Section 2(d) likelihood of confusion ---80% affirmed
  • Section 2(e)(1) mere descriptiveness ---86%
  • Genericness ---61%
  • Section 2(e)(4) surname --- 60%

He also uncovers the longest applied for mark at 182 words which the Board found did not function as a trademark.

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