Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The USPTO Brush-back

Happy New Year to our subscribers and to our visitors !

TrademarkEsq received some good news today via email from the folks at the online dictionary, Urban Dictionary,, as follows:

Subject: Urban Dictionary - Brush-back was published
Date: January 21, 2009 2:22:47 PM PST

"Thanks for your definition of Brush-back!

Editors reviewed your entry and have decided to publish it on

It should appear on this page in the next few days:

Urban Dictionary



To refute, reject, deny or disagree with a position or argument made by another to advance their agenda. Cross-reference, brushback, e.g., the brushback pitch in baseball to reclaim the corners of the strike zone from an encroaching batter.

The position advanced by the Applicant was refuted and rejected by the Examiner citing typical brush-back "Laudatory" denial language as set forth in the statute and case law."

Readers may recall our earlier blog post dated Oct. 8, 2008 entitled:

USPTO Trademark Practice: The USPTO Brush-back

We invite you to visit or revisit this article from this past October, 2008, esp. now that the referenced term of art, "Brush-back", has received web cred !

TrademarkEsq is here for you !


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