VA trademarks GI Bill

December 4, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs  announced Monday that it had become the sole owner of a registered trademark for the GI Bill with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

President Obama signed an executive order in April directing the VA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Education to undertake measures to “stop deceptive and misleading” promotional efforts that target GI Bill educational benefits.

That order called on the VA to register the term “GI Bill” as a trademark to ensure that individuals find the right resources when they research the bill’s benefits.

The VA also VA obtained the rights to the GIBill.com website from the original owners of that domain.   

“We will continue to support our Veterans by helping them obtain the best education of their choosing—a right for which they have bravely served, and which they have truly earned,” VA secretary Eric K. Shinseki said in a statement.  “We all want Veterans to be informed consumers in their educational pursuit.”

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.
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