Good news for MRS. FIELDS, DR. SEUSS, and certain other brands having a period or “dot” as part of the mark. Although originally excluded from registration, the Trademark Clearinghouse is now accepting registered trademarks containing a period or dot where it functions as: an abbreviation (U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, MR. BUBBLE), punctuation (BEEF. IT’S WHAT’S FOR DINNER., JUST DO IT.), or a figurative part of the registered mark Betsey Johnson

Registered marks having the period or dot positioned at the beginning of the mark (.ICANN) or before a top level extension (AMAZON.COM, PAY.GOV) are still excluded from registration.

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