Test Your TTAB Judge-Ability: Is LIVEVIEW Merely Descriptive of Game Scouting Cameras?
WGI Innovations applied to register the mark LIVEVIEW for "game scouting cameras," but the PTO refused registration on the ground of mere descriptiveness under Section 2(e)(1). What is a game scouting camera, you might ask? According to applicant it is a camera that is mounted on a tree, post, etc., to take and store pictures of wildlife, the camera being activated by a sensor without the user being in the vicinity. WGI Innovations appealed. How do you think this came out? In re WGI Innovations, Ltd., Serial No. 85245646 (February 14, 2013) [not precedential].
The record showed, however, that the term "live view" usually refers to either the preview frame of a camera's LCD or the function of real time streaming of the "live view" from a camera. WGI's camera provides neither. The preview frame idea is incongruous vis-a-vis applicant's camera because the pictures are taken when the user is absent.
The Board concluded that a multi-stage reasoning process would be required to recognize that LIVEVIEW could refer to observing animals in their natural habit by means of a recorded image that is not really "live."
And so the Board reversed the refusal to register.
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Text Copyright John L. Welch 2013.