Offc Action Outgoing

PIGWEED

Google LLC

U.S. Trademark Application Serial No. 88781512 - PIGWEED - GT-1476-US-1

To: Google LLC (tmdocketing@google.com)
Subject: U.S. Trademark Application Serial No. 88781512 - PIGWEED - GT-1476-US-1
Sent: April 16, 2020 04:15:16 PM
Sent As: ecom102@uspto.gov
Attachments:

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Office Action (Official Letter) About Applicant’s Trademark Application

 

U.S. Application Serial No. 88781512

 

Mark:  PIGWEED

 

 

 

 

Correspondence Address: 

SCOTT CERESIA

1600 AMPHITHEATRE PARKWAY

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94043

 

 

 

 

Applicant:  Google LLC

 

 

 

Reference/Docket No. GT-1476-US-1

 

Correspondence Email Address: 

 tmdocketing@google.com

 

 

 

NONFINAL OFFICE ACTION

 

The USPTO must receive applicant’s response to this letter within six months of the issue date below or the application will be abandoned.  Respond using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).  A link to the appropriate TEAS response form appears at the end of this Office action. 

 

 

Issue date:  April 16, 2020

 

The referenced application has been reviewed by the assigned trademark examining attorney.  Applicant must respond timely and completely to the issue(s) below.  15 U.S.C. §1062(b); 37 C.F.R. §§2.62(a), 2.65(a); TMEP §§711, 718.03.

 Search of the Office Records

The trademark examining attorney has searched the Office’s database of registered and pending marks and has found no conflicting marks that would bar registration under Trademark Act Section 2(d).  TMEP §704.02; see 15 U.S.C. §1052(d).

 

SUMMARY OF ISSUES that applicant must address:

 

  • Identification of Goods –Broad/Indefinite Wording
  • U.S. Applicant with Section 44 Filing Basis 

 

Identification of Goods –Broad/Indefinite Wording

The identification for computer operating software in International Class 9 is indefinite and too broad and must be clarified to specify whether the format is downloadable, recorded, or online non-downloadable.  See 37 C.F.R. §2.32(a)(6); TMEP §§1402.03(d), 1402.11(a).  Downloadable and recorded goods are in International Class 9, whereas providing their temporary, online non-downloadable use is a service in International Class 42.  See TMEP §1402.03(d).

 

In the identification of goods, applicant must use the common commercial or generic names for the goods, be as complete and specific as possible, and avoid the use of indefinite words and phrases.  If applicant uses indefinite words such as “accessories,” “components,” “devices,” “equipment,” “materials,” “parts,” “systems” or “products,” such words must be followed by “namely,” followed by a list of the specific goods identified by their common commercial or generic names.  See TMEP §§1402.01, 1402.03(a).

 

Applicant may change this wording to following if accurate. 

 

International Class 009: Recorded computer operating software

 

International Class 042: Providing temporary use of non-downloadable cloud-based software for operating {indicate devices, e.g., cars, kitchen appliances, HVAC systems, etc.} in the internet of things (IoT)         

 

See TMEP §1402.01.

 

 

Applicant’s goods and/or services may be clarified or limited, but may not be expanded beyond those originally itemized in the application or as acceptably amended.  See 37 C.F.R. §2.71(a); TMEP §1402.06.  Applicant may clarify or limit the identification by inserting qualifying language or deleting items to result in a more specific identification; however, applicant may not substitute different goods and/or services or add goods and/or services not found or encompassed by those in the original application or as acceptably amended.  See TMEP §1402.06(a)-(b).  The scope of the goods and/or services sets the outer limit for any changes to the identification and is generally determined by the ordinary meaning of the wording in the identification.  TMEP §§1402.06(b), 1402.07(a)-(b).  Any acceptable changes to the goods and/or services will further limit scope, and once goods and/or services are deleted, they are not permitted to be reinserted.  TMEP §1402.07(e).

 

 

For assistance with identifying and classifying goods and services in trademark applications, please see the USPTO’s online searchable U.S. Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual.  See TMEP §1402.04.

 

The application identifies goods and/or services in more than one international class; therefore, applicant must satisfy all the requirements below for each international class based on Trademark Trademark Act Sections 1(b) and 44:

 

(1)       List the goods and/or services by their international class number in consecutive numerical order, starting with the lowest numbered class.

 

(2)       Submit a filing fee for each international class not covered by the fee(s) already paid (view the USPTO’s current fee schedule).  The application identifies goods and/or services that are classified in at least 2 classes; however, applicant submitted a fee(s) sufficient for only 1 class(es).  Applicant must either submit the filing fees for the classes not covered by the submitted fees or restrict the application to the number of classes covered by the fees already paid.

 

See 37 C.F.R. §2.86(a); TMEP §§1403.01, 1403.02(c).

 

For an overview of the requirements for a Sections 1(b) and 44 multiple-class application and how to satisfy the requirements online using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) form, see the Multiple-class Application webpage.

 

 

U.S. Applicant with Section 44 Filing Basis

 

Applicant is domiciled in the United States and has asserted a Trademark Act Section 44(e) filing basis in its application.  See 15 U.S.C. §1126(e); 37 C.F.R. §2.34(a)(3).  However, an applicant domiciled in the United States is generally not eligible to register a mark under Section 44(e) unless the applicant (1) owns a trademark registration from a foreign country that is a party to a treaty or agreement relating to trademarks to which the United States is also a party or extends reciprocal rights to nationals of the United States, and (2) can establish that the foreign country in which the trademark is registered is the applicant’s country of origin.  15 U.S.C. §1126(b)-(c); see TMEP §§1002.03-.05.  “Country of origin” refers to a country other than the United States in which an applicant has a bona fide and effective industrial or commercial establishment, or if there is no such establishment, the foreign country in which an applicant is domiciled.  15 U.S.C. §1126(c); TMEP §1002.04-.05.

 

If applicant intends to rely on Section 44(e) as a basis for registration, applicant must submit the following:

 

(1)       A true copy, photocopy, certification or certified copy of the foreign trademark registration upon which applicant is relying for U.S. registration, along with an English translation if the foreign registration certificate is not written in English.  See 15 U.S.C. §1126(e); 37 C.F.R. §2.34(a)(3)(ii); TMEP §§1002.05, 1004 et seq.  If applicant submits a copy of the foreign registration, it must be a copy of a document that has been issued to the applicant by or certified by the intellectual property office in the applicant’s country of origin.  TMEP §1004.01; and

 

(2)       A written statement that applicant has a bona fide and effective industrial or commercial establishment in the foreign country in which its mark is registered.  See 15 U.S.C. §1126(c); TMEP §§1002.01, 1002.04-.05.

 

If applicant cannot satisfy the above requirements for a Section 44(e) basis, applicant can amend the application to substitute a Section 1(a) or Section 1(b) basis, if applicant can satisfy all of the requirements for the new basis.  See 15 U.S.C. §§1051(a)-(b), 1126(e); 37 C.F.R. §2.35(b), TMEP §806.03.

 

 

 

 

 

How to respond.  Click to file a response to this nonfinal Office action.    

 

 

Anthony Rinker

/Anthony Rinker/

Trademark Examining Attorney

Law Office 102

Ph. 571-272-5491

anthony.rinker@uspto.gov

 

 

RESPONSE GUIDANCE

  • Missing the response deadline to this letter will cause the application to abandon.  A response or notice of appeal must be received by the USPTO before midnight Eastern Time of the last day of the response period.  TEAS and ESTTA maintenance or unforeseen circumstances could affect an applicant’s ability to timely respond.  

 

 

 

U.S. Trademark Application Serial No. 88781512 - PIGWEED - GT-1476-US-1

To: Google LLC (tmdocketing@google.com)
Subject: U.S. Trademark Application Serial No. 88781512 - PIGWEED - GT-1476-US-1
Sent: April 16, 2020 04:15:17 PM
Sent As: ecom102@uspto.gov
Attachments:

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

 

USPTO OFFICIAL NOTICE

 

Office Action (Official Letter) has issued

on April 16, 2020 for

U.S. Trademark Application Serial No. 88781512

 

Your trademark application has been reviewed by a trademark examining attorney.  As part of that review, the assigned attorney has issued an official letter that you must respond to by the specified deadline or your application will be abandoned.  Please follow the steps below.

 

(1)  Read the official letter.

 

(2)  Direct questions about the contents of the Office action to the assigned attorney below. 

 

 

Anthony Rinker

/Anthony Rinker/

Trademark Examining Attorney

Law Office 102

Ph. 571-272-5491

anthony.rinker@uspto.gov

 

Direct questions about navigating USPTO electronic forms, the USPTO website, the application process, the status of your application, and/or whether there are outstanding deadlines or documents related to your file to the Trademark Assistance Center (TAC).

 

(3)  Respond within 6 months (or earlier, if required in the Office action) from April 16, 2020, using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS).  The response must be received by the USPTO before midnight Eastern Time of the last day of the response period.  See the Office action for more information about how to respond

 

 

 

GENERAL GUIDANCE

·       Check the status of your application periodically in the Trademark Status & Document Retrieval (TSDR) database to avoid missing critical deadlines.

 

·       Update your correspondence email address, if needed, to ensure you receive important USPTO notices about your application.

 

·       Beware of misleading notices sent by private companies about your application.  Private companies not associated with the USPTO use public information available in trademark registrations to mail and email trademark-related offers and notices – most of which require fees.  All official USPTO correspondence will only be emailed from the domain “@uspto.gov.”

 

 

 


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