registered R.jpgIPNews® – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board shot down a Columbus, Ohio science center’s attempt to trademark its name earlier in September, ruling that the proposed trademark “Center of Science and Industry” is merely descriptive and has not acquired enough distinctiveness.

The center’s acronym, COSI, has earned far more distinctiveness than the name itself, and the name rarely or never appears apart from the acronym, the trademark examining attorney indicated. Various third parties also use a range of variations on the name for museum services as well, the TTAB said. To continue reading, click: PTO Shuts Down Science Center’s Trademark Appeal