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Iowa store chain sues Subway over 'footlong'
MSNBC ^ | February 14, 2011 | MELANIE S. WELTE

Posted on 02/14/2011 7:51:43 PM PST by greatdefender

Edited on 02/14/2011 7:54:07 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

DES MOINES, Iowa An Iowa-based convenience store has asked a federal judge to rule that the word "footlong" is part of the general English language and not the special property of the Subway restaurant chain.

Ankeny-based Casey's General Stores Inc. filed a lawsuit against Subway in U.S. District Court in Des Moines on Friday seeking a declaration that Casey's use of the word "footlong" to describe its 12-inch-long sandwiches doesn't violate any right owned by Subway.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: footlong; lawsuit; napl; subway
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1 posted on 02/14/2011 7:51:54 PM PST by greatdefender
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To: greatdefender
Shouldn't they have a trademark on the word "sandwich" too?

As long they're trademarking everything in the dictionary, I mean.

2 posted on 02/14/2011 7:56:24 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: greatdefender

A Google search on “footlong” results in about 445,000 hits, only some of them related to Subway.

Good luck enforcing that, Subway.


3 posted on 02/14/2011 7:57:34 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

3.34 decimeter sandwich.


4 posted on 02/14/2011 7:57:54 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: greatdefender
My wife was using the word "footlong" long before Subway.

Ridiculous trademark rules.

5 posted on 02/14/2011 7:58:26 PM PST by Walts Ice Pick ("I'm not going to shut up!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: greatdefender
So much time and money wasted over a stupid word.
6 posted on 02/14/2011 7:58:43 PM PST by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: greatdefender

It is odd how a word will bring back memories.

Around 1955 when I was 8 years old, we were on Eglin AFB. There was a snack shack near the old Southern Airways terminal.

I saw a sign on the place advertising foot long hot dogs at a good price. To my surprise Daddy let me get one. I can still remember thinking how good it was.


7 posted on 02/14/2011 8:00:23 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Walts Ice Pick

I don’t know for for sure, but I doubt that it is 12 inches long. Then it would be a foot.


8 posted on 02/14/2011 8:04:27 PM PST by fhayek
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To: greatdefender

The term ‘footlong’ has been in use for many years. It was used mainly for hot dogs, but regardless, it wasn’t invented by Subway.


9 posted on 02/14/2011 8:06:35 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: greatdefender
I can remember buying "footlong hot dogs" at our county fair back in the 1940s. This is ridiculous. It has to be stopped before someone trademarks the alphabet.
10 posted on 02/14/2011 8:08:46 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: Walts Ice Pick

Post of the day.


11 posted on 02/14/2011 8:14:20 PM PST by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

That’s a brilliant idea. Subway could then proceed to sue the town of Sandwich.


12 posted on 02/14/2011 8:16:08 PM PST by MetaThought
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To: Walts Ice Pick

I thought John Holmes had the trademark on that...


13 posted on 02/14/2011 8:18:16 PM PST by bigbob
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To: greatdefender

Didn’t Microsoft at one time try to trademark the “@” sign?


14 posted on 02/14/2011 8:20:58 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White)
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To: Fido969

>>A Google search on “footlong” results in about 445,000 hits, only some of them related to Subway.<<

I am sure schlong ends up in those results...


15 posted on 02/14/2011 8:21:57 PM PST by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-reader is a Judas Goat, leading the American sheeple to the slaugherhouse /Parmy)
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To: greatdefender

It’s not like “Subway” can sue cities that have and use the word “subway” for infringenment, either. In fact, perhaps those cities shoud sue Subway....

Footlong is not a trademark.


16 posted on 02/14/2011 8:27:41 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: fhayek

Six inches? Usual brag.


17 posted on 02/14/2011 8:28:33 PM PST by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: BenKenobi

That’s actually just over 13”.


18 posted on 02/14/2011 8:30:43 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: greatdefender
Sease said Subway has applied for two different trademarks for "footlong," one referring to sandwiches and another for restaurant services.

And the jokes write themselves.

19 posted on 02/14/2011 8:33:49 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: All

Some of the posts in this thread are making me think of Tom Hanks’ greatest movie.

I speak, of course, of Bachelor Party.

(If you’ve seen the movie, you know the scene I refer to).


20 posted on 02/14/2011 8:37:01 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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