On June 30, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the addition of ".com" to a generic term can create a protectable trademark. Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com B.V., 591 U.S. ___ (2020). In affirming the Fourth Circuit's decision, the Court rejected the PTO's "nearly per se rule" that when a generic term is combined with a generic top-level domain the resulting combination is generic. Full text of the opinion is available here.
On June 17, 2020, the Federal Circuit held that the Kessler doctrine barred future infringement suits against customers because an earlier lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice. In re PersonalWeb Technologies LLC, No. 2019-1918 (June 17, 2020).
Full text of opinion is available here.
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