15 U.S. Code § 1091 - Supplemental register

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(a) Marks registerable
In addition to the principal register, the Director shall keep a continuation of the register provided in paragraph (b) of section 1 of the Act of March 19, 1920, entitled “An Act to give effect to certain provisions of the convention for the protection of trademarks and commercial names, made and signed in the city of Buenos Aires, in the Argentine Republic, August 20, 1910, and for other purposes”, to be called the supplemental register. All marks capable of distinguishing applicant’s goods or services and not registrable on the principal register provided in this chapter, except those declared to be unregistrable under subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e)(3) ofsection 1052 of this title, which are in lawful use in commerce by the owner thereof, on or in connection with any goods or services may be registered on the supplemental register upon the payment of the prescribed fee and compliance with the provisions of subsections (a) and (e) ofsection 1051 of this title so far as they are applicable. Nothing in this section shall prevent the registration on the supplemental register of a mark, capable of distinguishing the applicant’s goods or services and not registrable on the principal register under this chapter, that is declared to be unregistrable under section 1052 (e)(3) of this title, if such mark has been in lawful use in commerce by the owner thereof, on or in connection with any goods or services, since before December 8, 1993.
(b) Application and proceedings for registration
Upon the filing of an application for registration on the supplemental register and payment of the prescribed fee the Director shall refer the application to the examiner in charge of the registration of marks, who shall cause an examination to be made and if on such examination it shall appear that the applicant is entitled to registration, the registration shall be granted. If the applicant is found not entitled to registration the provisions of subsection (b) ofsection 1062 of this title shall apply.
(c) Nature of mark
For the purposes of registration on the supplemental register, a mark may consist of any trademark, symbol, label, package, configuration of goods, name, word, slogan, phrase, surname, geographical name, numeral, device, any matter that as a whole is not functional, or any combination of any of the foregoing, but such mark must be capable of distinguishing the applicant’s goods or services.

Source

(July 5, 1946, ch. 540, title II, § 23,60 Stat. 435; Pub. L. 87–772, § 13,Oct. 9, 1962, 76 Stat. 773; Pub. L. 100–667, title I, § 121,Nov. 16, 1988, 102 Stat. 3942; Pub. L. 103–182, title III, § 333(b),Dec. 8, 1993, 107 Stat. 2114; Pub. L. 105–330, title II, § 201(a)(5),Oct. 30, 1998, 112 Stat. 3070; Pub. L. 106–43, § 6(b),Aug. 5, 1999, 113 Stat. 220; Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, § 1000(a)(9) [title IV, § 4732(b)(1)(B)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536, 1501A–583; Pub. L. 107–273, div. C, title III, § 13207(b)(6),Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1908.)
References in Text

Paragraph (b) of section 1 of the Act of March 19, 1920, referred to in subsec. (a), is paragraph (b) of section 1 of act Mar. 19, 1920, ch. 104, 41 Stat. 533, which was classified to section 121 (b) of this title, and repealed by act July 5, 1946, ch. 540, § 46(a),60 Stat. 444, insofar as inconsistent.
Prior Provisions

Acts Mar. 19, 1920, ch. 104, § 1,41 Stat. 533; Apr. 11, 1930, ch. 132, § 4,46 Stat. 155; June 10, 1938, ch. 332, § 2,52 Stat. 638.
Amendments

2002—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 107–273struck out second comma after “numeral”.
1999—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 106–113substituted “Director” for “Commissioner”.
Pub. L. 106–43substituted “trademarks” for “trade-marks”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 106–113substituted “Director” for “Commissioner”.
1998—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 105–330substituted “, device, any matter that as a whole is not functional,” for “or device”.
1993—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103–182substituted “(d), and (e)(3)” for “and (d)” and inserted at end “Nothing in this section shall prevent the registration on the supplemental register of a mark, capable of distinguishing the applicant’s goods or services and not registrable on the principal register under this chapter, that is declared to be unregistrable under section 1052 (e)(3) of this title, if such mark has been in lawful use in commerce by the owner thereof, on or in connection with any goods or services, since before December 8, 1993.”
1988—Pub. L. 100–667, § 121(6), struck out undesignated concluding par. which read as follows: “Upon a proper showing by the applicant that he requires domestic registration as a basis for foreign protection of his mark, the Commissioner may waive the requirement of a full year’s use and may grant registration forthwith.”
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100–667, § 121(1), (4), designated first par. as subsec. (a), made technical amendment to reference in the original act to subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) ofsection 1052 of this title resulting in no change in text, substituted “are in lawful use in commerce by the owner thereof, on” for “have been in lawful use in commerce by the proprietor thereof, upon”, struck out “for the year preceding the filing of the application” after “any goods and services”, and inserted “subsections (a) and (e) of” before “section 1051”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 100–667, § 121(2), (5), designated second par. as subsec. (b) and substituted “prescribed fee” for “fee herein provided”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 100–667, § 121(3), designated third par. as subsec. (c).
1962—Pub. L. 87–772struck out “has begun the lawful use of his mark in foreign commerce and that he” before “requires domestic registration” in last par.
Effective Date of 1999 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 106–113effective 4 months after Nov. 29, 1999, see section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, § 4731] of Pub. L. 106–113, set out as a note under section 1 of Title 35, Patents.
Effective Date of 1998 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 105–330effective Oct. 30, 1998, and applicable only to any civil action filed or proceeding before the United States Patent and Trademark Office commenced on or after such date relating to the registration of a mark, see section 201(b) ofPub. L. 105–330, set out as a note under section 1051 of this title.
Effective Date of 1993 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 103–182applicable only to trademark applications filed on or after Dec. 8, 1993, see section 335(c) ofPub. L. 103–182, set out in a note under section 1052 of this title.
Effective Date of 1988 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 100–667effective one year after Nov. 16, 1988, see section 136 ofPub. L. 100–667, set out as a note under section 1051 of this title.
Repeal and Effect on Existing Rights

Repeal of inconsistent provisions, effect of this chapter on pending proceedings and existing registrations and rights under prior acts, see notes set out under section 1051 of this title.
Transfer of Functions

For transfer of functions of other officers, employees, and agencies of Department of Commerce, with certain exceptions, to Secretary of Commerce, with power to delegate, see Reorg. Plan No. 5 of 1950, §§ 1, 2, eff. May 24, 1950, 15 F.R. 3174, 64 Stat. 1263, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.

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