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Generic #domains : Trademark applications for Rate.com, Recruiter.com, Drips.com and Give.com

Another day, another trademark application at the USPTO for domains that are generic in nature.

Once seen as unregistrable marks, single word domains have given a new momentum to trademark registrations, ever since the SCOTUS decision on Booking.com opened the floodgates.

This time around, we noted four new applications:

  • Rate.com
  • Recruiter.com
  • Drips.com
  • Give.com

In particular:

Domains, brands and trademarks. Photo by Amador Loureiro on Unsplash

Rate.com filed a standard character mark application for “IC 036. US 100 101 102. G & S: Financial services, namely, mortgage refinancing; Mortgage banking; Mortgage banking services, namely, origination, acquisition, servicing, securitization and brokerage of mortgage loans; Mortgage brokerage; Mortgage lending; Mortgage refinancing. FIRST USE: 20161231. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20161231”

Recruiter.com filed an “intent to use” application for “IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Providing recruiting services; providing online employment placement services, namely, matching employees and potential employers via a global computer network; providing online interactive recruiting services; providing online databases featuring information relating to employers, employees, and employment information; providing online networking services for job and career seekers, recruiters, and employers; providing online searchable databases featuring information relating to employee candidates, employers, and employment information; providing online career networking services and information in the fields of employment, recruitment, job resources, job listings and employment information and in the field of workplace diversity; providing networking opportunities for individuals seeking employment; providing online professional networking opportunities; providing online computer databases and online searchable databases in the fields of professional networking and employment information and in the field of workplace diversity” and “IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Platform as a Service (PAAS) services featuring software for searching a database of employee candidates and employers and recruiters; Platform as a Service (PAAS) services featuring software for providing an online database to match potential employees and employers; Platform as a Service (PAAS) services featuring software for providing an online database to enable networking services for job seekers, recruiters, and employers.

Drips.com filed a standard character application for “IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Providing temporary use of non-downloadable cloud-based software for managing consumer communications; Intelligent natural language understanding services using cloud-based software technology; Providing a website featuring non-downloadable software using artificial intelligence for managing consumer communications; Software as a service (SAAS) services featuring software using artificial intelligence for managing consumer communications. FIRST USE: 20150300. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20150300”

Finally, Give.com filed an “intent to use” application for “IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Downloadable computer application software for enabling a user to send or donate money to a recipient, namely, software for electronic devices” and “IC 036. US 100 101 102. G & S: Charitable fund raising; Charitable fundraising; Charitable fundraising services; Financial services, namely, business fundraising for others; Financial services, namely, business fundraising provided over a computer network such as the Internet; Financial services, namely, funding online cash accounts from prepaid cash cards, bank accounts and credit card accounts; Financial services, namely, providing a virtual currency for use by members of an on-line community via a global computer network; Financial services, namely, providing electronic transfer of a virtual currency for use by members of an on-line community via a global computer network; Financial transaction services, namely, providing secure commercial transactions and payment options using a mobile device at a point of sale; Accepting and administering monetary charitable contributions on behalf of religious and nonprofit organizations; Charitable foundation services, namely, providing fundraising activities, funding, scholarships and/or financial assistance for religious and nonprofit organizations; Charitable foundation services, namely, providing fundraising activities, supplemental funding, capital improvement funding, scholarships and financial assistance for programs and services of others

In about three months or so, we’ll be seeing whether the SCOTUS decision had a positive effect on these types of trademark applications that are filed with the United States Patents and Trademarks Office.


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