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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

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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To: Walts Ice Pick

The word footlong was used in porn since the 70’s at least.


21 posted on 02/14/2011 8:37:32 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: greatdefender

I will never pay 5.00 for a sandwich,that’s 41 cents an inch! Damn that’s expensive! For five dollars you can buy two loafs of bread and 3 pounds of Oscar Myer Salami!!! Yummy.


22 posted on 02/14/2011 8:40:51 PM PST by JohnThune2012 (was)
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To: JoeFromSidney

I got dibs on the letter “R”


23 posted on 02/14/2011 8:41:55 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: SeaHawkFan

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GeniusBonus


24 posted on 02/14/2011 8:42:53 PM PST by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: DemforBush

Why Nick the dick, of course


25 posted on 02/14/2011 8:43:26 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: JohnThune2012

“For five dollars you can buy two loafs of bread and 3 pounds of Oscar Myer Salami!!! Yummy.”

When, in 1942?


26 posted on 02/14/2011 8:43:44 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: greatdefender

Their ad involves more than one word. “Five... five dollar footlong”. Perhaps they can trademark the ad campaign, but not the word footlong.


27 posted on 02/14/2011 8:49:03 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: DemforBush
"Is that the Footlong?"

"and then some"
28 posted on 02/14/2011 8:54:42 PM PST by Husker24
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To: packrat35

I invented the question mark.


29 posted on 02/14/2011 9:37:12 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SIDENET

OK, I’ll give you that, just leave “R” alone.


30 posted on 02/14/2011 9:48:52 PM PST by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: Walts Ice Pick
My wife was using the word "footlong" long before Subway.

Every married man says the same thing.

31 posted on 02/14/2011 9:51:49 PM PST by Isabel C.
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To: BenKenobi
3.34 decimeter sandwich.

That in itself is a mouthful. :-)

32 posted on 02/14/2011 9:54:28 PM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: packrat35

Deal.


33 posted on 02/14/2011 10:08:54 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Walts Ice Pick; Slings and Arrows
My wife was using the word "footlong" long before Subway.

BRAGGART!

34 posted on 02/14/2011 11:19:49 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: JohnThune2012
For five dollars you can buy two loafs of bread and 3 pounds of Oscar Myer Salami!!! Yummy

Please, PLEASE, tell me where?!?

35 posted on 02/14/2011 11:23:33 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: ApplegateRanch; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ..
Again, not another Ron Jeremy thread.


36 posted on 02/14/2011 11:50:04 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: JohnThune2012
Two cheap loaves of bread @ $2.00 each - $4.00

Three pounds of Oscar Mayer Cotto Salami using BOGO discount of $2.89 for four 12 oz. packages - $5.78

Total = $9.78 + tax

37 posted on 02/15/2011 12:06:03 AM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Again, not another Ron Jeremy thread.”

Thank you for the desclaimer. ;o)

I know Casey’s stores, and I know Subway. I like both of them.

I hope Casey’s wins this one, though.


38 posted on 02/15/2011 12:16:24 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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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.”

I would think that the word “footlong” has been in public usage so often, and for so long, that any judge who gave Subway the trademark should be removed.


39 posted on 02/15/2011 12:20:21 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: DemforBush

“...and then some.”


40 posted on 02/15/2011 12:27:10 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Walts Ice Pick

That’s some bragging rights dude!


41 posted on 02/15/2011 3:51:41 AM PST by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: greatdefender
Despite the comments I see here about how common footlong is, the Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed)says it is obsolete and rare. The one usage example they give comes from 1545 and there it is spelled footlonge. (FR's spellchecker doesn't recognize it either!)

Subway made it common, and they should be entitled to use it as a trademark.

ML/NJ

42 posted on 02/15/2011 5:10:53 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Might as well “Subway” to the list.


43 posted on 02/15/2011 6:12:39 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Walts Ice Pick
My wife was using the word "footlong" long before Subway

Mark me down as impressed...

44 posted on 02/15/2011 6:33:09 AM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: TigersEye

I actually saw Oscar Meyer Cotto Salami at Kroger on sale this past week for .$98/# package. Cheap store brand bread is about a buck a loaf.


45 posted on 02/15/2011 7:49:49 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Shouldn't they have a trademark on the word "sandwich" too?

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

I own the rights to the phrase "towel rack."

Be very careful how you use it.

46 posted on 02/15/2011 9:26:48 AM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

.98 cents for a one pound package or the typical .12 oz pack? I’m afraid I wouldn’t even eat that really cheap white bread. A friend of mine told me he gave a loaf of that to his chickens once and they wouldn’t eat it. Chickens eat anything.


47 posted on 02/15/2011 2:21:54 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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