TMEP 1211.01(b)(iv): Surname Combined with Title

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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1211.01(b)(iv)    Surname Combined with Title

A title, such as "Mr.," "Mrs.," "Mlle.," "Dr.," or "MD," does not diminish the surname significance of a term; rather, it may enhance the surname significance of a term. In re Rath, 402 F.3d 1207, 74 USPQ2d 1174 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (affirming Board decision holding that DR. RATH was primarily merely a surname); In re Giger, 78 USPQ2d 1405 (TTAB 2006) (holding GIGER MD primarily merely a surname); In re Revillon, 154 USPQ 494 (TTAB 1967) (holding MLLE. REVILLON primarily merely a surname); cf. In re Hilton Hotels Corp., 166 USPQ 216, 217 (TTAB 1970) (holding LADY HILTON not primarily merely a surname because it suggests a person or lady of nobility).