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In re Quadrillion Publishing Ltd.

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
2000 TTAB LEXIS 562 (2000)


Facts

Quadrillion Publishing Limited (plaintiff) applied to register the trademark “BRAMLEY.” The trademark examiner found 433 surname entries for Bramley in PHONEDISC POWERFINDER USA, a surname database. The examiner also found that there was no entry for Bramley in Webster’s and other unabridged dictionaries commonly used in the United States. Quadrillion presented evidence of a small village in England called Bramley and of an entry for Bramley in the Oxford English Dictionary. The trademark examiner rejected the application on the ground that Bramley was primarily a surname. Quadrillion appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Bucher)

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