OpenAI's trademark registration for 'GPT' is rejected

It has been revealed that OpenAI applied for trademark registration for 'ChatGPT' and 'GPT' but was rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Trademark authorities say these words are simply service descriptions and therefore do not deserve trademark protection.

USPTO rejects OpenAI's “GPT” trademark application - TechStartups

No 'GPT' trademark for OpenAI | TechCrunch

Following the explosive success of ChatGPT, services and apps bearing the name 'GPT' such as ThreatGPT and MedicalGPT are appearing one after another. In response, OpenAI filed an application to register the trademark 'GPT' and petitioned for special measures to accelerate the examination process.

In the first place, GPT is an abbreviation for 'Generative Pre-trained Transformer', and Transformer is a deep learning model announced by Google researchers in 2017.

OpenAI claimed that its 'GPT' was widely recognized and had acquired uniqueness by being associated with a specific model, but the authorities argued that the necessary requirements for a trademark were not met. The application was rejected.

'Registration is denied because 'GPT' only describes the features, functions, and characteristics of applicant's goods and services,' the Patent and Trademark Office's

letter notifying the rejection reads. Masu.

In fact, OpenAI had applied for trademark registration for 'GPT' in March 2021, but it was rejected in May 2022 due to procedural flaws. OpenAI then paid the fee and resubmitted the registration application in December 2022, but this time the Patent and Trademark Office once again rejected the trademark registration with a ``FINAL OFFICE ACTION''.

Regarding the reason why ChatGPT was not recognized as a trademark, the IT news site TechCrunch said, ``ChatGPT is a GPT-type AI model, and this is not a concept created by OpenAI nor is it a concept provided only by OpenAI. Therefore, even though it can be identified, it does not meet the requirements for trademark registration.''

Although the 'Final Notice of Reasons for Refusal' appears to be a definitive disposition, OpenAI can submit a request for reexamination of the decision within three months, and will also extend the response deadline by three months by paying an additional fee. It is also possible.

In parallel with the regulatory filing, OpenAI has begun taking steps to protect its brand on its own. For example, OpenAI's branding guidelines state: 'We do not allow GPT branding in product names.'

In addition, we have asked the brand protection company BrandShield to suspend the use of services that use the name 'GPT', and Bhanu Teja, who operates a service called 'SiteGPT', announced that in May 2023 ) said, 'We may need to change our brand name,' referring to communications from BrandShield.

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