In re Glascoe (Fed. Cir. 2022)

The USPTO refused to register Glascoe’s mark SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF GOD for use as a service mark when “analyzing the process of creating a human being, the earth, the universe and its environment.” I know what you are thinking–deceptively misdescriptive.  The TTAB did not go there, but instead refused registration after concluding that the mark was “merely descriptive.”

“A term is merely descriptive if it immediately conveys knowledge of a quality, feature, function, or characteristic of the goods or services with which it is used.” In re Bayer Aktiengesellschaft, 488 F.3d 960, 963 (Fed. Cir. 2007)

Here. Glascoe’s purported services are related to the scientific study of god, which is the exact mark that is being claimed.  Glascoe appealed pro se. Her brief begins:

Pro Se Appellant DEIRDRE C. GLASCOE is an Extra-Terrestrial Life Form—The Alien Entity known As GOD. GOD Is A Brand Name®, as are “I AM,” “YHWH,”  “Yahweh,” “Jesus Christ™”, “Allah”, “Lord GOD of Israel,” “EL”, “Human Beings.” GOD’s Kingdom is a foreign state within the meaning of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

GlascoeBrief.  As you might guess from this excerpt, I did not find anything within Glascoe’s briefing that suggests ‘scientific study’ in a form that I would recognize. That makes me think that the misdescriptive refusal might be more appropriate.  For its part, the Federal Circuit provided a one sentence summary denial:  “Ms. Glascoe has failed to make any cogent, non-frivolous argument as to why the Board’s determinations were incorrect.”  In briefing, Glascoe noted that the TTAB had erred by failing “to recognize GOD as a legal person.”  On appeal, the Federal Circuit did not address that issue.

One thing that Glascoe does is use Anagrams as decoding keys to understand underlying meaning. I’ve provided a couple of examples from the briefing. 


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    Who’d have thunk my normal morning checkups on the IP law blogs would provide so much mirth. This case file is just rich.

    1. 6.1

      Please, please, please, can we stop these types of political statements from being on this board?

      Ok, I give up. There’s simply too much political discussion here, for reasons entirely related to patent law. I’m removing Patently-O from my links, and will recommend everyone do the same.

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        Diversity and related enforcement is not mere politics. Never forget that friend comrade. If we don’t excise the evil from the education system then we will never achieve glorious diversity in patenting (see pipeline problem).



          You most definitely fall into the grifter category:

          Introducing Counter Wokecraft


                It takes you to google and you can just click the link. It’s fine. Anyway, that program is so long I won’t get to it for awhile, all his his stuff is taking up way too long to watch these days. He needs the abbrieviated versions up as well. His long form work is great stuff for deep dives and history 100 years from now but for those already in the know we need 20 min or less.

                Not sure how you think I’m grifting tho. I would like to get in on the grift of course, but I’m not there yet. Robin makin’ millys from leftist priestessing.

                In any event, in order to help purge the ev il from the ev il institutions this undocumented immigrant is literally said by leftists to be changing the culture of new mexico to mexican (if it isn’t already). Basically they go to the mountains to sing mexican songs in spanish and hang out with other undocumenteds. Then they chill at the federally partially funded school house to tell kids how cool it is to be “out” with your undocumented status and that they’re there to stay (screw the federal gov eh). And telling off their oppressors. He figured out that being undocumented wasn’t his fault, but something that “happened to him” (though he doesn’t mention whom it was that did it to him). In any event, he wants to get a degree in victimology instead of uuuugggg biology. They’re even “fighting for” and winning legislation at state level. I wonder who they’re fighting against? “The thousands of residents who have naturalized over the last decade — mostly women from Mexico — constitute enough of a voting bloc to swing tight local or state elections.” They’re also swinging elections along with legals (I wonder who for?). He even found out who his TRUE OPPRESSORS were in an anti-racism program. “In Esquivel’s new understanding, neither he nor his parents had initiated a shameful chain of events” (You see, it wasn’t him, or his parents, or the gangs in central america, it was a mysterious Other Party who is SHAMEFUL). Soon they will be opening a special native american school with 60 kids k-3 to help in the war against the oppressors. And of course, submit patent apps on their novel ways of doing this and that to help spur innovation in the field. Greg will be delighted about it all in any event.

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                1. I watched your vid there anon. If you think I’m just a gri fter as discussed in that vid, let me ask you, in what way do you think you would believe would be the best way to activate the latent dissidents as discussed in the vid?

                  a. talk to leftist indoctrinated colleagues and hope they can see reason
                  b. ? ? ?
                  c. act as a vanguard infiltrator invoking the sacred powerz of 2d women and make a parody of lef tism until le ftist indoctrinated colleagues snap out of their indoctrination and become activated dissidents thereby acting as your unwitting pawn in wrestling faustian destiny back from the decadent vag inakin righting mankind’s true path to the stars, for the lelz

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    An anagram for former President “Ronald Wilson Reagan” is

    Insane Anglo Warlord

    Glascoe should have done palindromes instead.

    Do Geese See God?

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      My first anagram came out:
      gallons are rain down

      (likely in view of his famous “trickle down” mentality)

    2. 5.3

      I have to insert an [of] to make it flow, but a second anagram comes out as


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    Did we not read recently of a new PTO pro bono appeals assistance program? Who will be the lucky “volunteers” for assisting “inventors” like this one?

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      Assuming they get full credit for time spent, I’d imagine it would be a popular position. Patent applications, responses, and briefs are interminably dull.

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    No one wants to be the target of someone having such mad writing skillz. Google provides a long list of lawsuits this unique individual has been involved in.

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    Why do some Federal Circuit orders list the judges and other Federal Circuit orders do not list the judges? No judges listed on this one.

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