TMEP 1202.17(b)(iii): Marks Displaying an Accurate Depiction of a Universal Symbol

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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1202.17(b)(iii)    Marks Displaying an Accurate Depiction of a Universal Symbol

If the mark displays the universal symbol in the usual manner, or otherwise features an accurate depiction of the symbol, the examining attorney must determine whether, in view of the identified goods or services, it is necessary to issue a refusal or disclaimer requirement based on failure to function, mere descriptiveness, deceptive misdescriptiveness, or deceptiveness grounds. See TMEP §§1202.17(c)(i), 1202.17(d)(i)-(d)(ii).