generic
ge·ner·ic /jə-'ner-ik/ adj
1: common or descriptive and not entitled to trademark protection: nonproprietary
the generic name of a drug
2: having a nonproprietary name
generic drugs

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

generic
I adjective applicable to a class, blanket, broad, collective, common, comprehensive, general, indeterminate, inexact, nonexclusive, nonspecific, not particular, not special, sweeping, universal, unspecified, wide associated concepts: generic name, trade name, trademark II index broad, omnibus, unspecified

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


generic
adj.
General, not specific; covering a whole class of things.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


generic
In trademark law, the status of a word or symbol commonly used to describe an entire type of product or service rather than to distinguish one product or service from another. An example is "raisin bran," used by several manufacturers of breakfast cereals to describe their products. Generic terms can never receive trademark protection because they don't serve the basic function of trademarks to distinguish goods and services in the marketplace. (See also: genericide)
Category: Patent, Copyright & Trademark → Trademark Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


generic
adj. In trademark law, a term or phrase that is merely descriptive and cannot be trademarked; with pharmaceuticals or other products, a non-trade-marked equivalent offered in competition against a brand-name product.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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