[gnso-rpm-wg] Data on non exact matches

Rebecca Tushnet Rebecca.Tushnet at law.georgetown.edu
Wed May 17 18:35:29 UTC 2017

Reposting per J. Scott's request on the call:

In order to fully evaluate the proposal to extend the match criteria,
we really need
information on the harm it is supposed to address, including (1) the
number of registration attempts that included but were not limited to
the text of an entry in the TMCH and (2) the number of such
registrations that led to a trademark owner challenge after the fact
(therefore excluding URS actions against, for example, typosquatting).
To the extent that the proposal becomes more limited to specific goods
and services, the evidence of need should be likewise limited.  Then,
as George K. eloquently explained, we'd also want to see how many
attempts/registrations would have been flagged in an expanded match
system, to get a sense of the potential for false positives.

Rebecca Tushnet
Georgetown Law
703 593 6759

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