- Online social networking services (Class 45);
- Computer services, namely, providing customized on-line web pages and data feeds featuring user-defined information, which includes blog posts, new media content, other on-line content, and on-line web links to other websites, and providing a search engine based on natural language queries on a global computer network (Class 42);
- Entertainment services, namely, providing information, news and commentary in the field of general interest news and current events via the internet and podcasts (Class 41);
- Telecommunications services, namely, electronic transmission of data, graphics, sound and video by means of the Internet (Class 38); and
- Computer application software for mobile phones and portable devices, namely, software enabling users to view, submit, rate, share, bookmark, index, store, collect, and showcase content in the nature of current events, politics, foreign affairs, news, gaming, comedy, relationships, lifestyle, travel, technology, photos, videos, religion, science, movies, music, art, popular culture, fiction, literature, and general interest news (Class 9).
The website filed all these applications on an intent-to-use basis, suggesting it is not using this design in interstate commerce as a trademark yet, but has a bona fide intention to do so in the near future (which makes sense considering a quick scan of reddit.com doesn't reveal this mark). TMEP 806.01(b); 15 USC 1051(b).
Why file new trademark applications for the design above if Reddit already has registrations for its current logo (see here, for example), which is pretty similar? Because Section 7(e) of the Trademark Act (15 USC 1057(e)) prohibits any amendment of a mark that "materially alters" the mark. See also TMEP 807.14 et seq. An amendment is only acceptable if "the modified mark contains the essence of the original mark (i.e., the mark as originally registered), and the mark as amended creates essentially the same impression as the original mark." TMEP 1609.02(a). If the marks do not create the same "commercial impression," or if it is a close call, it is safer to simply file new applications for the new mark because the new mark may fall outside the scope of protection offered by the existing registration and an amendment to the existing registration would likely be prohibited.
According to my quick search, these are the only applications for this new logo filed by Reddit so far. The website owns 41 other live applications or registrations with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including registrations for AMA, REDDIT, and ALIEN BLUE.
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