Reo Motor Car Co.
v.
Traffic Motor Truck Corp.

Not overruled or negatively treated on appealinfoCoverage
Court of Appeals of the District of ColumbiaMar 2, 1925
4 F.2d 303 (D.C. Cir. 1925)

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No. 1687.

Submitted January 13, 1925.

Decided March 2, 1925.

Appeal from Commissioner of Patents.

Application by the Traffic Motor Truck Corporation for registration of trade-mark, opposed by the Reo Motor Car Company. From a decree dismissing opposition, opposer appeals. Affirmed.

O.W. Jeffery, of New York City, for appellant.

H.G. Cook, of St. Louis, Mo., for appellee.

Before MARTIN, Chief Justice, and ROBB and VAN ORSDEL, Associate Justices.


Appeal from concurrent decisions of the Patent Office tribunals in a trade-mark opposition proceeding, dismissing appellant's opposition to the registration by appellee of "Speedboy" as a trade-mark on motor trucks. Appellant registered the mark "Speed Wagon" under the Act of March 19, 1920 (41 Stat. 533 [Comp. St. Ann. Supp. 1923, § 9516a et seq.]); registration having been refused under the Act of February 20, 1905 (33 Stat. 724 [Comp. St. § 9485 et seq.]), on the ground that the mark was descriptive.

We agree with the Patent Office that, having adopted a descriptive mark, appellant has no right to exclude another from the use of the descriptive features of that mark, if used in such a way as to distinguish the two marks. Appellee has met this test, for the only similarity between the two marks is in the use of the descriptive word "Speed." See Sheffield-King Milling Co. v. Theopold-Reid Co., 50 App. D.C. 200, 269 F. 716; Patton Paint Co. v. Sunset Paint Co., 53 App. D.C. 348, 290 F. 323; American Tobacco Co. v. Globe Tobacco Co. (C.C.) 193 F. 1015; Feil Co. v. J.E. Robbins Co., 220 F. 650, 136 C.C.A. 258.

The decision is affirmed.

Affirmed.