TMEP 1210.02(b)(i)(A): Surname Significance

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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1210.02(b)(i)(A)    Surname Significance

A term’s geographic significance may not be its primary significance if the term also has surname significance. See In re Hamilton Pharm. Ltd., 27 USPQ2d 1939, 1943 (TTAB 1993) (HAMILTON held primarily merely a surname, even though the term had some geographical connotations); In re Colt Indus. Operating Corp., 195 USPQ 75 (TTAB 1977) (FAIRBANKS held not primarily merely a surname because the geographical significance of the mark was determined to be just as dominant as its surname significance).