OpenAI currently faces challenges in registering ‘GPT’ as a trademark

OpenAI’s application to register the name “GPT,” which stands for “generative pre-trained transformer,” has been denied by the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). According to the PTO, “GPT” is too general to be registered as a trademark since doing so could make it impossible for other companies to truthfully claim that their goods use a GPT.

According to OpenAI, the name “GPT” lacks descriptive meaning and fails to immediately elucidate its significance for users. In response, the PTO disagreed in its ruling on February 6th, claiming that although the word may not be well-known to consumers, professionals in the technology industry are aware that “GPT” refers to a broader category of software and is not just associated with OpenAI products. ‘GPT’ has been added to the product titles of many AI services since the advent of generative AI. For example, GPTZero is a firm that is developing an AI detector. ‘GPT’ is a term that many businesses use to describe their core AI models since that is exactly what they are. The popularity of ChatGPT and associated AI models, such as GPT-3 and later GPT-4, significantly increased the term’s link with OpenAI.

When ChatGPT was made available to other developers, OpenAI expanded this branding to include custom chatbots. But OpenAI has started naming several of its services under unique brand names recently. One example is the Sora text-to-video generation model. It’s important to remember that the US has previously denied OpenAI’s application to trademark “GPT”; the first rejection took place in May 2023. OpenAI may choose to file an additional appeal with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in order to have another chance to obtain the trademark for the term “GPT.”

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