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Make America Gullible Again

Make America Grateful Again

Last updated on June 10th, 2020 “Make America Grateful Again” is a registered trademark for hats and T-shirts (SN87587829). As if a typical consumer seeing products bearing this “mark” (decorating shirts in large print across the center of the chest) would be gullible enough to think it’s a “brand” and not a satirical political slogan. … Read more

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USPTO Audits

Last updated on June 9th, 2020 Here’s an example of why you should treat your online business like a real business from Day 1. Without proper documentation, you won’t have a leg to stand on when the time comes to register a trademark for your brand. USPTO apparently audits registrations. The screenshot is hard to … Read more

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LOP Examples: Class 035 Update

Last updated on June 23rd, 2020 FRIVOLOUS TRADEMARKS:  IC 35 Letter of Protest update:  My Dog Mom Letter of Protest was dismissed in part and denied in part:  1) a “failure-to-function — widely used message” refusal was already issued, so my protest on that basis is moot (irrelevant);  2) my “premature claim of use in … Read more

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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