Federal Circuit Says Cities Can't Register Seals As Trademarks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a case of first impression, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 1 agreed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a local government entity may not obtain a federal trademark registration for the entity's official seals (In re: City of Houston, No. 12-1356; In re: The Government of the District of Columbia, No. 12-1418, Fed. Cir.).

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