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Oral Arguments Heard in USPTO v Booking.com

Intellectual Property Magazine

05 May 2020

Jennifer Taylor spoke to Intellectual Property Magazine about the U.S. Supreme Court’s first-ever digital stream of oral arguments in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com case.

According to Jennifer, the justices “clearly understood that by owning the .com TLD name, Booking.com already has a significant advantage in the market, and seemed to struggle to understand why it needed to have a registration as well, particularly when it is already protected under the unfair competition laws.”

Jennifer also took note of the justice’s apparent struggle with the categorical rules being advocated by both parties, adding that the justices “were looking for guidance on a more nuanced resolution that could be included in their opinion.”

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