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Trademark Terms

Last updated on June 17th, 2020 Here’s a glossary of trademark terms you need to understand to make sense of fighting questionable trademarks. See all other posts regarding trademarks here. [glossary]

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Trademark Bullying example: Stealth Troll

Last updated on June 9th, 2020 Here’s a sickening tale of how one “IP entrepreneur” shamelessly used his “stealth” trademark as a cash cow until the Seventh Circuit Court stopped him. In a nutshell, the owner of the STEALTH trademark sued anyone under the sun for the rights to use the term on their products, … Read more

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Can ASL Be Trademarked?

Last updated on June 9th, 2020 It’s not uncommon for creatives to wrongly assume they invented or coined their artistic expressions. For example, a certain rock star wanted to register this hand gesture. (I’ll bet you already know in American Sign Language it’s called “ILY” and means “I love you.”) The rocker apparently doesn’t know … Read more

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Letter of Protest Trademark Sample: Bible Verse

Last updated on June 26th, 2020 When filing a Letter of Protest against a trademark application to register a Bible verse or other religious quotation as a trademark, here’s what you need to know: Legal Basis: Failure to Function – Religious Text See TMEP 1202.04(c) Evidence: It’s not enough to tell USPTO the verse reference. … Read more

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LOP Examples: Bible Verse

Last updated on June 26th, 2020 When filing a Letter of Protest against an application to register a Bible verse or other religious quotation as a trademark, here’s what you need to know: Legal Basis: Failure to Function – Religious Text See TMEP 1202.04(c) Evidence: It’s not enough to tell USPTO the verse reference. They … Read more

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LOP Examples: Class 035

As the Lord would have it, within a day or so of my conversation with Joe, my friend Rhonda shared with me FOUR new frivolous applications in IC 035 (online retail services) I could use to test out my understanding of Joe’s explanations. This is one of those four.

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He Loves Me

He Loves Me I Will Doubt Him Not

My friend is in a perfect storm of trials. As I prayed for her, I thought of the “He loves me, he loves me not” saying. It may be tempting to question God’s love in tough times, but this design reminds me why that’s the wrong response.