The Jehovah’s Witnesses official website logo incorporating JW.ORG has been refused registration by the United States Patent and Trademark Office due to similarity to JW PLAYER.
SECTION 2(d) REFUSAL – LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION—CLASS 42
For the reasons set forth below, the refusal under Trademark Act Section 2(d) is now made FINAL with respect to U.S. Registration No(s). 4087283. See 15 U.S.C. §1052(d); 37 C.F.R. §2.64(a). This refusal is limited to the Class 42 services in the application.
Applicant’s mark is JW.ORG & Design, for use with, inter alia, Providing a web site that gives computer users the ability to download audio and video recordings, DVDs, music, digital print publications, online publications, documents, forms and web pages all in the field of religion, in Class 42. The cited mark is JW PLAYER, for use with Downloadable computer software for playing, viewing and streaming audio and video files in Class 09.
Final Outcome – US TRADEMARK APPLICATION NO. 85896124 – JW.ORG – 06420-T0001A – March 12 2014
Original Application by Watch Tower for JW.ORG logo – April 05 2013
Amendment and Mail Process Complete – February 05 2014
Response to Office Action – February 04 2014
Watch Tower removes in-house Attorney and replaces with Commercial Attorney – January 29 2014
JW.ORG generated XSearch Search Summary – July 20 2013
Email from US Patent and Trademark Office to Watch Tower – April 12 2013
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