Skip to comments.Sarah, Bristol Palin to Get Their Trademarks (to protect their names)
Posted on 06/17/2011 1:41:21 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
The bids by Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol Palin to trademark their names and images have cleared a major hurdle and should soon be approved for the potential presidential candidate and her Dancing With the Stars child.
Sources close to the process tell our Suzi Parker that nobody challenged Sarah Palin's trademark application. Today is the deadline to do so. They also say that Bristol Palin's went unchallenged. That deadline passed June 10.
Each should receive their trademark within three months, said the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The clear sailing for both Palins is something of a surprise considering the attention they draw from detractors.
According to both applications, the Palins wanted to make sure that only they could use their names, especially in political circles.
According to Sarah Palin's application, printed below, she wants to protect her name, or "mark," for business and advertising purposes, political elections, entertainment services and for "providing motivational speaking services in the field of politics."
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I wonder what the liberal reaction to this will be. They will probably hyperventilate about why the Palins would do this. I can just hear Bill Maher, Letterman, et. al. in their criticism of why they would do that.
BTTT for interesting news development!
I bet Sarah doesn’t care what those yahoos think or say.....it’s a smart move on her part to have exclusive rights to her namesake instead of detractors use it for evil or malicious purposes
Has Weiner trademarked “LudicrousPervert” yet?
If not, he needs to get a move on.
Folks, keep in mind that a trademark (name or not) only applies for the goods or services with which it is actually used as a trademark.
It does mean (cleverly) that Palin can get back any domains that are later registered using her name, for political message purposes.
He tried to get “Weiner Package” but Oscar Mayer objected, since their brand name Wieners come in packages.
I can think of some names/phrases that Obama could trademark:
Worst President Ever,
Always on vacation president,
Economy Killing President,
Second coming of Carter president,
Biggest spending president,
Biggest taxing president,
Most jobs destroyed president,
Highest federal deficit president,
Highest federal debt president,
Not legally qualified president,
Plus many more, I’m sure.
But the name of a president of the US belongs pretty much in the public domain, and probably could not be trademarked.
Any trademark/copyright type lawyers around?
This is yet another indication that Palin is unlikely to run for president.
If you read the article, this pertains more to the political arena...ie political elections than being president
I guess you didn’t even read the article.....sheesh!!!!
LOL!!! that was funny!
I read the article and my comment was directed to the fact that someone who desires to be president would not need, and probably could not obtain such a trademark for his or her name if he or she became president. I doubt a candidate for president could trademark their name, at least while acting as a candidate.
But this is trademark law and there might not even be any precedents for a case like this.
An attractive female running for president would need it. Especially when Larry Flynt has a history of making porn films using her name to capitalize on her high profile.
She’d want Larry to know he’d be in court for years before the movie ever got released, therefore don’t even bother trying.
It states specifically in her application for “political elections, political websites and political/motivating speaking” so this is for political purposes.....it’s to protect her from enemies on the left for creating and using her name and brand for scurrilous reasons....it makes perfect since considering the amount of lies and malicious things that could be done and that includes running for office
They made a movie about George Bush being assassinated. Presidents are in the public arena like no others and I don’t think they are provided such protections against being made characters in novels, or unflattering skits, or movies or political cartoons, or any other media where someone might choose to portray them.
But this is a very specialized area of law that might not have even been addressed yet. So unless someone here is an authoritative attorney in this field, no one here can provide definitive answers.
So I’ll say again, I doubt a president, or a candidate for president would be granted such trademark protection for their name. And, as far as politics goes, her application says nothing more than use to provide information about political elections and issues, a far cry from being a candidate, let alone president.
...advertising and business for information about political elections; providing a website featuring information about political issues (U.S. CLS. 100, 101 AND 102). First use 1-1-1996; In commerce 1-1-1996. Class 41-educational and entertainment services, namely providing motivational speaking services in the field of politics, culture, business and values...