U.S. Won’t Let Google Trademark ‘Glass’ for Its Glass-Less Eyewear


Eric Levenson
The Wire
April 4, 2014

gglassStill struggling to make a good name for itself with a skeptical American public, Google Glass is now struggling to get its literal name approved by the U.S. trademark office. The Wall Street Journal reports that the trademark office is pushing back against Google’s plan to trademark the single word “Glass” for its wearable computerized eyeglasses.

Google already has legal claim to “Google Glass,” but two issues are holding back the plans to trademark “Glass.” For one, the term is too similar to other products and so could cause confusion among consumers. And secondly, the word is “merely descriptive” of the actual product. “You couldn’t trademark the word ‘shoe’ for a shoe you’re selling, for instance,” the Journal notes. The trademark office’s letter argues that Google Glass is made of glass, and so therefore it can’t be trademarked.

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