The CAFC’s order (pdf here) states, rather cryptically:
The case is remanded for further consideration in light of the Supreme Court’s decision. Although the government contends in its supplemental brief that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (“Board”) holding on acquired distinctiveness is undisturbed by Booking.com, the Board’s acquired distinctiveness holding was “[b]ased on the evidence . . . in connection with the genericness refusal.” The impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Booking.com is best determined by the Board in the first instance.
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TTABlogger comment: So is COOKINGPELLETS.COM generic? I suspect the Board will find the term to be merely descriptive, and lacks secondary meaning, even setting aside its genericness ruling.
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