TMEP 1301.04(h)(iv)(D): Software Applications ("Apps")

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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1301.04(h)(iv)(D)    Software Applications ("Apps")

Software applications ("apps") for smartphones and computer tablets are now commonly used to provide online services. Apps are simply the interface that enables the providers of the services to reach the users and render the services, and the users to access those services. Common specimens for such apps are usually screenshots of electronic devices demonstrating the apps delivering the services. Such a specimen may not always depict proper service-mark use of the mark in connection with the identified services, but it may be acceptable if the displayed screenshot clearly and legibly shows the mark associated with the identified services as the services are rendered or performed via the app. See TMEP § 1301.04(i), Example 15 (KURBKARMA).