This fall the Department of Veteran Affairs trademarked the term ‘GI BILL’ to gain control over how the term is used by universities to solicit and recruit veterans. Evidently, an investigation by the Senate and Government Accountability Office found that some for-profit colleges and universities have been using the term GI BILL to recruit veterans without full disclosure of costs, loans and dropout rates.
By registering the GI BILL trademark, the Department of Veteran Affairs will continue to support Servicemembers, Veterans and their families in their educational pursuits and is taking proactive steps to stop fraudulent and deceptive uses of the term.
For more information: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2408, www.uspto.gov and www.kasterlegal.com
BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.