TMEP 1215.07: Disclaimers

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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1215.07    Disclaimers

Trademark Act §6(a), 15 U.S.C. §1056(a), provides for the disclaimer of “an unregistrable component of a mark otherwise registrable.” The guidelines on disclaimer discussed in TMEP §§1213–1213.11 apply to domain name mark applications.

If a composite mark includes a domain name composed of unregistrable matter (e.g., a merely descriptive or generic term and a non-source-identifying gTLD), disclaimer is required.

If a disclaimer is required and the domain name includes a misspelled or telescoped word, the correct spelling must be disclaimed. See TMEP §§1213.05(a)(i) and 1213.08(c).

A compound term composed of arbitrary or suggestive matter combined with a “dot” and a non-source-identifying gTLD is considered unitary, and, therefore, no disclaimer of the gTLD is required. See examples below and TMEP §§1213.05–1213.05(g)(iv) regarding unitary marks.

Mark Disclaimer
ABC BANK.COM BANK.COM
ABC FEDERALBANK.COM FEDERAL BANK.COM
ABC GROCERI STOR.COM GROCERY STORE.COM
ABC.COM no disclaimer
ABC.BANK.COM no disclaimer
ABCBANK.COM no disclaimer