Test Your TTAB Judge-Ability on these Four Mere Descriptiveness Refusals
Here are four recent appeals from mere descriptiveness refusals under Section 2(e)(1). Let's see how you do with them, bearing in mind that the Board affirms, in my estimation, more than 80% of these refusals. [Answers in first comment].
In re Tateho Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha d/b/a Tateho Chemical Industries Co., Ltd., Serial No. 79119845 (September 9, 2014) [not precedential]. [Mere descriptiveness refusal of PUREMAG for, inter alia, "“magnesium hydroxide, magnesium oxide, magnesium carbonate; magnesium oxide ceramics in particle and compacted form used as target material for sputtering, electron-beam deposition, evacuated deposition"].
In re New Energy Technologies, Inc., Serial No. 85673541 (September 10, 2014) [not precedential]. [Mere descriptiveness refusal of MOTION POWER & Design for "generators of electricity, namely, generators that generate electricity by capturing and converting kinetic energy into electricity"].
In re In re Hunter Engineering Company, Serial No. 85593757 (September 11, 2014) [not precedential]. [Mere descriptiveness refusal of ECAL for "automated systems, namely, micro-processor based hardware and software used to monitor the status of and self-calibrate equipment, namely, wheel balancers for balancing the wheels of land vehicles"].
In re Gyroz, Inc., Serial No. 85551984 (September 12, 2014) [not precedential]. [Mere descriptiveness refusal of GYROZ for "restaurant services, including sit-down service of food and take-out restaurant services"].
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Text Copyright John L. Welch 2014.