WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says journey web site Booking.com can trademark its identify, a ruling that additionally impacts different corporations whose identify is a generic phrase adopted by “.com.”
The excessive courtroom issued its 8-1 ruling Tuesday. Lower courts had sided with Booking.com, however the Trump administration had appealed to the Supreme Court.
“We have no cause to deny Booking.com the same benefits Congress accorded other marks qualifying as nongeneric,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for almost all of the courtroom.
Justice Stephen Breyer dissented.
Other companies together with Cars.com, Dictionary.com, Newspapers.com and Wine.com had mentioned the end result within the case would have an effect on their capacity to trademark their names too.
The case was the primary of 10 circumstances argued by phone in May due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was additionally the primary time audio of arguments was accessible reside.
The case is United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com B.V., 19-46.
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