TMEP 1209.03(e): More Than One Meaning

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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1209.03(e)    More Than One Meaning

Descriptiveness must be determined in relation to the goods or services for which registration is sought. Therefore, the fact that a term may have a different meaning(s) in a different context is not controlling. See In re RiseSmart Inc., 104 USPQ2d 1931, 1933 (TTAB 2012); In re Chopper Indus., 222 USPQ 258, 259 (TTAB 1984); In re Bright-Crest, Ltd., 204 USPQ 591, 593 (TTAB 1979); In re Champion Int’l Corp., 183 USPQ 318, 320 (TTAB 1974). If a term has a primary significance that is descriptive in relation to at least one of the recited goods/services, and does not create any double entendre or incongruity, then the term is merely descriptive. See, e.g., In re Calphalon Corp., 122 USPQ2d 1153, 1164 (TTAB 2017) (finding nothing incongruous about the use of the word sharpen (or its phonetic equivalent SHARPIN) to describe the function of knife blocks with built-in sharpeners that automatically sharpen knives).

See TMEP §1213.05(c) regarding wording that constitutes a "double entendre."