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  • Obama eligibility case lives! Supreme Court's own precedent cited in new demand for resolution

    08/18/2014 6:00:08 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 55 replies
    WND ^ | Aug 17, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    The question of Barack Obama’s eligibility to occupy the Oval Office under the Constitution’s “natural born” citizen requirement is once again being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has refused to hear a number of previous cases. Judges have ruled Obama’s eligibility is a political question that is not for the courts to decide. They have argued the plaintiffs didn’t have “standing,” the requirement that they have sustained or will sustain direct injury or harm that can be redressed by a court. Now, however, a plaintiff has surfaced who claims he has suffered a specific and individual injury –...
  • Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage Cake Leaves Christian Bakery Facing Court Threat

    07/07/2014 6:12:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 7, 2014
    Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage Cake Leaves Christian Bakery Facing Court Threat 07 Jul 2014 A Christian-run bakery is facing legal action from a Government agency for refusing to produce a cake carrying a picture of the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “support gay marriage”. Ashers Baking Co, based in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, cancelled an order for a novelty cake with a picture of the puppets arm in arm printed onto the icing saying that it went against the directors’ religious beliefs. They believe that producing the cake with the slogan and the logo of QueerSpace,...
  • Trayvon trademark (vanity)

    06/28/2014 11:58:57 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 26 replies
    trademarkia.com ^ | 6/28/14 | Grandjedimasteryoda
    I'm just wondering if any Freeper lawyers out there know how Trademarking a cartoon character would work. Me and my brother have been working on a cartoon the past few months and we got the domain name and copyrighted the cartoon character, but now we want to trademark it with a logo so we can use it to sell junk, tee-shirts, coffee mugs etc etc ..IF it sells. Just getting ready before we post it on the web. So we went to a lawyer who told us it cost $2,500 just in the US alone to trademark it on the...
  • Should the U.S. Government Ban All Offensive Names? Let's Pick a Few!

    06/20/2014 7:36:03 AM PDT · by IndianaJax · 34 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 06/18/2014 | Rob Binsrick
    Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the name Redskins is 'disparaging of Native Americans' and, therefore, should not be afforded trademark protection any longer. This seems like a free-speech appeal just waiting to happen but in the meantime we should take a look at all the major American sports (sorry, soccer/futbol is still not one of them) and pick a few other nicknames that should be banned or at least left unprotected with trademark rights because they could be offensive to some people in the country. Major League Baseball 1.Royals - this name could be offensive to...
  • The Redskins Ruling's Slippery Slope

    06/20/2014 5:18:35 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 32 replies
    Investor' Business Daily ^ | 06/19/2014 | IBD Staff
    Sticks And Stones: Whatever one's view about the name "Redskins," the public should worry about the government bowing to political pressure and stripping a trademark nearly 80 years after it was first used. Where will it end? [snip] Surely the Cleveland Indians' mascot has to go. Chief Wahoo is a goofy cartoon depiction of a Native American, whereas the Redskins logo shows a dignified and stoic warrior. And how about the "Fighting Irish"? Doesn't that feed into the disparaging image of drunken Irishmen? Or the "Buccaneers" and the "Raiders," which seem to be derogatory terms for pirates? How many "Vikings"...
  • USPTO: Home, Home of the CHANGE®

    06/19/2014 4:51:03 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-19-2014 | MOTUS
    Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam Where the deer and the antelope play Where seldom is heard a disparaging word And the skies are now cloudy all day.Chorus: Home, home of the CHANGE® Where the deer and the antelope play Where seldom is heard a disparaging word And the skies are now cloudy all day.Forecast: Cloudy, with a chance of meatheadsToday’s reflection:What does it mean when the country that practically invented “free speech” now censors your trademarks for politically incorrect “disparaging” words? In what some see as the first step to forcing the Washington Redskins football team...
  • Redskins defy trademark ruling, say they'll defend name

    06/18/2014 11:58:40 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 69 replies
    Washington Examinerr ^ | 6-18-2014 | Sean Higgins
    In a defiant statement issued Wednesday, the Washington Redskins said the team would appeal the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to revoke the trademark to the team's name and logo on the grounds that they are offensive to Native Americans. The professional football team added that in the meantime, the ruling would have "no effect at all" on its trademark rights while the case is on appeal. The press release even put that in boldface and underlined it. "We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned...
  • Washington Redskins will appeal trademark office ruling over 'disparaging' nickname

    06/18/2014 10:17:05 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 39 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 6/18/14 | Frank Schwab
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Redskins' trademarks. The petitioners, consisting of five Native Americans, sought to cancel the trademarks based on a section of the Trademark Act that "prohibits registration of marks that may disparage persons or bring them into contempt or disrepute."
  • Hershey sues Colorado edible pot company

    06/07/2014 6:09:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | June 6, 2014 | By SADIE GURMAN
    The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado marijuana edibles company, claiming it makes four pot-infused candies that too closely resemble iconic products of the chocolate maker. The trademark infringement lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Denver this week against TinctureBelle LLC and TinctureBelle Marijuanka LLC. It alleges TinctureBelle's Ganja Joy, Hasheath, Hashees and Dabby Patty mimic Hershey's Almond Joy, Heath bar, Reese's peanut butter cups and York peppermint patty candies, respectively.
  • Starbucks to Dumb Starbucks: Don't use our trademark

    02/10/2014 7:48:04 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | February 10, 2014 | Aaron Smith
    The real Starbucks (SBUX, Fortune 500) isn't happy with the parody coffee shop calling itself Dumb Starbucks that's popped up in Los Angeles, and wants the faux baristas to drop the act. "We appreciate the humor but they can't use our name," Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson told CNNMoney. "It's a protected trademark. It's our trademark."
  • Government agency calls 'Redskins' offensive

    01/09/2014 7:31:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 01/09/2014 | Lisa Desjardins
    Washington (CNN) – The heated debate over the Washington Redskins name has now moved beyond living rooms and corporate offices to the U.S. government itself, with one agency making an unequivocal ruling that the term "Redskins" is offensive slang. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected an application to trademark the name "Redskins Hog Rind," writing that the term "Redskins" is "a derogatory slang term that refers to, and is considered offensive by, American Indians." The agency cited five definitions from online dictionaries - from The Oxford Dictionary to Yahoo – that labeled the word as offensive or disparaging. In...
  • U.S. Trademark Office Says ‘Redskins’ is Derogatory

    01/08/2014 7:01:13 AM PST · by Third Person · 32 replies
    CBS Washington D.C. ^ | January 7th, 2014 | CBSDC
    <p>There will be no trademark for “Redskins Hog Rinds,” a bad omen for the Washington Redskins in the legal battle over their name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a request from a company to sell pork rinds using the word “Redskins” because it deemed the term to be “derogatory slang.”</p>
  • Starbucks loses 'Charbucks' appeal

    11/15/2013 12:39:24 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 15, 2013 | Jonathan Stempel
    Starbucks Corp has failed to persuade a federal appeals court to stop a small, family-owned New Hampshire roaster from selling coffee known as "Charbucks." Ruling in a case that began in 2001, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Black Bear Micro Roastery and its owner, Wolfe's Borough Coffee Inc., may keep selling "Charbucks Blend," "Mister Charbucks" and "Mr. Charbucks" coffee.
  • Asian-American Band Fights To Trademark Name 'The Slants'

    10/20/2013 1:22:10 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | 20 Oct 2013 | Kat Chow
    The Slants, a six-member band from Portland, Ore., calls their sound "Chinatown Dance Rock" — a little bit New Order, a little bit Depeche Mode. They describe themselves as one of the first Asian-American rock bands. Their music caters to an Asian-American crowd, they've spoken at various Asian-American events, and they're proud of all of it. But the Slants have been duking it out with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) over the past four years because of their name. The PTO refused the band's two trademark applications, saying that "slants" is a disparaging term for people of...
  • Feds say 'Islamization' denigrates Muslims Court battle ramping up over rejection of trademark

    04/08/2013 8:54:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    wnd ^ | 4/8/13
    WASHINGTON – The American Freedom Law Center has filed a notice of appeal in the United States Court of Appeals on behalf of political activists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who have been refused permission by the government to trademark their “Stop Islamization of America” campaign. Geller, a WND columnist, and Spencer head the human rights organization called Freedom of Defense Initiative, and they applied to register SIOA as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Jack Daniel’s Sends the Most Polite Cease-and-Desist Letter Ever

    07/23/2012 4:39:28 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies
    When Patrick Wensink was commissioning the cover for his book, Broken Piano For President, he probably wasn’t expecting a cease-and-desist letter from Jack Daniel’s Properties — the owner of the Jack Daniel’s trademarks. Looking at the cover for the book, it’s easy to see why the Jack Daniel’s people might take issue with the design. The typeface isn’t exactly the same, but the border and presentation is a dead-ringer for the classic black label of that sweet, sweet Tennessee whiskey. Usually when we write about trademark disputes, one party claims that another party is using its size to “bully” to...
  • The New Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin: She's back in the political endorsement game for 2012

    06/01/2012 12:15:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Newser ^ | May 29, 2012 | Evann Gastaldo
    Politico has discovered the Sarah Palin of 2012, and it's: Sarah Palin. Though the years since 2008 have seen her wild popularity and seeming omnipresence fade, she's edging back into the 2012 election with a string of successful endorsements. She's made four so far, and two have won their respective primary races; the other two races have yet to be decided. For comparison: Rick Santorum has also been making endorsements, "to no great effect," Politico notes. If Palin's picks continue to do well, she can use her success as evidence of her continued influence. "There is a vacuum on the...
  • Bristol Palin's gay marriage rant: Obama girls watch too much 'Glee'

    05/10/2012 11:17:00 AM PDT · by Bill Buckner · 117 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/10/2012 | By CAITLIN MCDEVITT
    Bristol Palin thinks it’s laughable that President Barack Obama’s children influenced his decision to support same-sex marriage. “While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads,” Bristol, the eldest daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, wrote in a blog post titled “Hail to the Chiefs – Malia and Sasha Obama” on Thursday. Obama said on Wednesday that his daughers' acceptance of friends with same-sex parents helped prompt his "change in perspective." In response, Palin writes: In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia...
  • Please do not post the "Maxine" character to Free Republic

    04/30/2012 5:07:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 48 replies
    rec'd via email | April 30, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Received a takedown request from the copyright/trademark holder. Please do not post the Maxine character to FR. Even as parodies. They respect our rights to free speech, but do not appreciate Maxine voicing our opinions. If you spot a post of Maxine (examples: google/search/images/maxine ), please alert the moderators via abuse report so we can remove it. Thanks, Jim
  • Sarah Palin PAC pays for space in Tampa (Woo Hoo!)

    04/11/2012 9:28:53 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-11-12 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    *snip* The PAC also paid $4,500 to reserve space at Channelside Bay Mall in Tampa, Fla., near the site of the Republican National Convention, suggesting that Palin plans to have an independent presence at the event separate from the formal proceedings.
  • Sweden sparks row over who owns 'Nordic Model'

    03/14/2012 12:23:56 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 03/14/2012 | AFP/The Local
    The successful trademark registration of “Nordic Model” by Sweden’s Social Democrats has prompted a sharp reaction from the rest of the Nordic region's political establishment. The move has led other political bodies to protest the Social Democrats' move, which has put the question of who created the Nordic Model into ever sharper focus. "We may have understood if they had (trademarked) the 'Swedish Model', but when it comes to the 'Nordic Model' we have no choice but to protest," Jens-Erik Enestam, who heads the Nordic Council representing opposition parties from across the region, said in a statement Tuesday. Sweden's opposition...
  • China faces conflict between law and business in dispute over iPad trademark

    02/17/2012 9:48:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2012 | By Associated Press
    BEIJING — Chinese officials face a choice in Apple’s dispute with a local company over the iPad trademark — side with a struggling entity that a court says owns the name or with a global brand that has created hundreds of thousands of jobs in China. Experts say that means Beijing’s political priorities rather than the courts will settle the dispute if it escalates. Shenzhen Proview Technology has asked regulators to seize iPads in China in a possible prelude to pressing Apple Inc. for a payout. There have been seizures in some cities but no sign of action by national-level...
  • What Is Organize4Palin Doing With The Money They Are Raising?

    01/01/2012 10:15:16 AM PST · by Kolath · 17 replies
    You Tube ^ | 01-01-2012 | MrTimotheus85
    Barring any last-second "resonsider movement" to convince Sarah Palin to run for POTUS 2012 (slim to none), why is Organize for Palin (O4P) taking monetary donations? If Sarah isn't running for elective office, why have O4P? Even if she accepted a VP slot for 2012, O4P would most likely pull up states and merge with the Presidential campaign....but even then, why should O4P take money donations? Where is this donated money going to???? Are they helping the Palin "earthquake/reconsider" movement? Even then, what comes after when shen mostly likely says "no" whatsoever to 2012? As a fomer donater...where is the...
  • Debuting the C4P Iowa Television Ad: “The Challenge” (Run Sarah Run)

    11/28/2011 2:52:59 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 23 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | Monday November 28, 2011 | Ian Lazaran
    Palin: We will not solve our economic problems in this country until we confront the crony capitalism of our permanent political class. This is socialism for the very rich and the very poor but it is a brutal form of capitalism for the rest of us. It’s the collusion of big government, big business. It’s at the heart of President Obama’s economic vision. We need sudden and relentless reform. That will return power to we the people. We need people with a proven record of reform. I served in public office in a state that had a corruption problem. I...
  • Still Waiting for Sarah

    08/22/2011 4:05:38 AM PDT · by BfloGuy · 76 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 8/22/2011 | Robert Stacy McCain
    By Tuesday evening, then, I was half-convinced that Palin was stealthily moving toward an announcement. Then on Friday, she released a two-minute online video about her Iowa trip that everyone -- even the wizards who had previously been certain she wasn't running -- agreed looked like an honest-to-goodness campaign ad. The signals seemed clear enough that Karl Rove​ (who is clearly no Palin fanboy) declared she now "looks like a candidate, not a celebrity" and expressed his belief that Palin will get into the race. But if a certified Beltway elitist like Rove is now convinced she's running, wouldn't Palin...
  • Sarah Palin Has Millions Of Reasons For Delaying Her Announcement

    08/14/2011 12:00:53 PM PDT · by Brices Crossroads · 234 replies
    08/14/2011 | Brices Crossroads
    I listen ad nauseam to posters, some who are pro-Palin and some who are anti-Palin, discourse about Sarah Palin's entry (or non-entry) into the 2012 Presidential sweepstakes, generally advising her to "Hurry up!". Those afflicted with PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome) gleefully proclaim that she is not running. Of course, not only is there no evidence for this proposition, her actions in the last six months, as well as many of her statements, would lead any rational observer to believe that she will run. But leaving aside the PDSers (who are in any case engaging in wishful thinking because they do...
  • What's behind Sarah Palin's surprise trip to the Iowa State Fair?

    08/11/2011 12:51:59 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 108 replies · 2+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 11, 2011 | Peter Grier
    Sarah Palin and her One Nation bus tour are making a surprise trip to Iowa, if you haven’t heard. In an email sent yesterday to supporters of her political action committee she said she’s going to “meet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this week.”(snip) Sarah Palin has proved that she is the quasi-political attention-getting master of the US media universe. That’s because there just happens to be a debate in Ames, Iowa tonight among declared GOP presidential contenders. A straw poll follows this weekend. So hundreds of political reporters are already in Iowa – pre-positioned for...
  • Palin bus tour to roll into Iowa

    08/10/2011 2:16:29 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 391 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/10/2011 | Peter Hamby
    After a nearly three-month hiatus, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is planning to crash the presidential party once again with a heartland-themed re-launch of her "One Nation" bus tour this week in Iowa, according to a Palin fundraising email obtained by CNN. Palin is bringing her Constitution-themed bus to the Iowa State Fair, just 30 miles south of where the Republican presidential field will take the stage on Thursday for a presidential debate in Ames. It's not yet clear which day the tour will begin, but her surprise arrival in Iowa will happen before the closely watched Ames straw poll....
  • Sarah Palin’s Hair Salon Gets a Show and Other Spinoffs

    08/04/2011 9:16:09 PM PDT · by TomServo · 23 replies
    The Buzz Log ^ | 08/04/11 | Claudine Zap
    Politics doesn't always make for gripping TV (we're looking at you, C-SPAN). But that hasn't stopped reality shows from trying -- sort of. Here, a roundup of shows inspired by politics that seem to be anything but political.
  • The Sarah Palin Revolution Will Be Commercialized

    08/02/2011 1:55:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 2, 2011 | Ashley Withers and Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Governor and likely presidential candidate Sarah Palin​ came in second and third in national surveys conducted recently by The Washington Post/ABC and Gallup, respectively. But what if her potential impact in an election could be measured by more unconventional methods--such as merchandise sales and movie tickets sold? If the demand for Palin-themed merchandise on CafePress.com and a documentary, titled “The Undefeated, about her are any indication, it may be more accurate to measure how potential voters spend their money, especially in a struggling economy, than how they answer a pollster’s questions. “The GOP candidate pick revealed by the...
  • Sarah Palin as Newsweek cover girl — again (Sexism, thy name is jourbalist)

    07/11/2011 9:16:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | July 11, 2011 | Jonathan Capehart
    As celebrity glamour shots go, Sarah Palin’s cover photo on this week’s Newsweek is danged good! The best-selling author and reality-TV star looks young and vibrant. Her devil-may-care countenance aided and abetted by the wind conspicuously blowing hair back. And while her outfit might be laid back, there’s no doubt she’s in total control. But when Palin’s cover shot is viewed through the prism of presidential politics, it’s a dud. Folks want to be able to envision someone sitting in the Oval Office. They don’t necessarily want to envision them in the pages of Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive 2011”...
  • Sarah Palin's Cover Shoot

    07/10/2011 9:01:13 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 79 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 10, 2011 | Emily Shur
    In this week's Newsweek, Sarah Palin tells Peter J. Boyer why she thinks she can win in 2012. See more images from her cover shoot with photographer Emily Shur.
  • Palin warns Boehner on debt ceiling

    07/10/2011 4:36:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 189 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 10, 2011 | Erik Wasson
    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has issued a stern warning to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Boehner sits down with President Obama Sunday night to negotiate a raising of the debt ceiling: don't do it. Palin, in an interview appearing in Newsweek, “made it clear that she’s against any deal that raises the debt ceiling and would hold House Speaker John Boehner’s feet to the fire if he agreed to one” according to the magazine. “No, we have to cut spending. It is imperative, and I will be very, very disappointed if Boehner and the leaders of the Republican...
  • Unflippingbelievable! Sarah Palin trademarks her name

    06/20/2011 3:40:49 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 94 replies
    mailonline ^ | 20th June 2011 | David Gardner
    Sarah Palin will soon be making people pay for trying to cash in on her name. The former Republican vice presidential candidate applied to get her name trademarked last year along with her daughter, Bristol. And over the past few days, the deadlines passed for anyone filing challenges against the trademarks. According to the ex-Alaska governor's application, she wants to protect her name for business and advertising purposes, political elections, entertainment services and for 'providing motivational speaking services in the field of politics.' Bristol, 20, who famously had a baby out of wedlock and appeared on 'Dancing With the Stars',...
  • Sarah, Bristol Palin to Get Their Trademarks (to protect their names)

    06/17/2011 1:41:21 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 42 replies
    U.S. News ^ | Friday June 17, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    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...
  • Should You Trademark Your Name?

    06/20/2011 7:04:50 PM PDT · by unseen1 · 21 replies
    legalzoom.com ^ | 06/2009 | Stephanie Paul
    In 2005, actor Morgan Freeman won the rights to use the domain name www.morganfreeman.com, which was being illegally used by the company Mighty LLC. Freeman applied for a trademark from the US Patent and Trademark Office when he found out that Mighty LLC was using his domain name "in bad faith to divert Internet traffic to a commercial search engine." Ultimately, the arbitrators for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the intellectual property arm of the United Nations, agreed with Freeman and determined that Freeman's illustrious career made his name sufficiently recognizable in the entertainment and movie spheres. In the...
  • Apple sued by publisher over iBooks trademark

    06/16/2011 1:34:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | June 15, 2011
    A New York publisher is suing Apple for trademark infringement over the use of the term "iBooks." Publisher John T. Colby filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday, Bloomberg reports. Colby is founder and publisher of Brick Tower Press and J. Boylston & Company, Publishers. Colby purchased assets related to the "ibooks" mark in 2006 and 2007 from New York publisher Byron Preiss, who had published over 1,000 physical books under the name. The "ibooks" imprint was named "America's fastest growing small publisher" by Publishers Weekly in 2004, according to the company's website. According to the...
  • Palin trademark application refused -- for now

    02/04/2011 8:16:00 PM PST · by speciallybland · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/04/2011 | Diane Bartz
    (Reuters) - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's bid to trademark her name and that of her daughter, Bristol, ran into trouble at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because the application forms were unsigned, government records show. Applications to trademark the names Sarah Palin and Bristol Palin, both for "motivational speaking services," were filed on November 5 by the Palins' longtime family attorney, Thomas Van Flein, but were quickly slapped down by a trademark examiner. "Registration is refused because the applied-for mark, SARAH PALIN, consists of a name identifying a particular living individual whose consent to register the mark is...
  • Sarah Palin and daughter Bristol seek to trademark names

    02/04/2011 3:23:57 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 86 replies
    Boston Herald via AP ^ | February 4, 2011 | Associated Press
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sarah Palin is trying to trademark her name. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate filed paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November to register the trademark. The federal office is seeking more information and examples of usage. Palin’s attorney said Friday that they have until late spring to provide that information.
  • Japanese whalers to face new enemy in 'Godzilla'

    11/30/2010 11:53:59 PM PST · by RGT · 84 replies · 4+ views
    GrindTV.com ^ | November 29, 2010 | Pete Thomas
    A controversial animal-rights group preparing to embark on its annual harassment campaign against Japanese whalers has stepped up its effort this season by enlisting the aid of ... Godzilla. The swift and ominous-looking interceptor vessel has the moniker Gojira, named after the ferocious monster in the legendary Japanese film, which in English means Godzilla. The 115-foot boat was launched by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on Monday in Fremantle, Australia, and has joined the larger vessels, Steve Irwin and Bob Barker, in Hobart. At midweek all three will begin their journey to Antarctic waters, where their crews will await the...
  • Facebook wants to control the words “Face” and “Book”

    08/31/2010 10:52:17 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies · 1+ views
    tech.blorge ^ | August 27, 2010 | Sean P. Aune
    If you have any interest in starting a social network of your own, or pretty much any online venture, you better think twice before you try to use the words “Face” or “Book” in your name unless you want Mark Zuckerberg’s lawyers to come calling. News has been spreading around the Web that Facebook’s lawyers have taken up a lawsuit against a yet-to-launch social network for professional teachers called Teachbook.com. The reasoning behind this is explained in the suit: "If others could freely use ‘generic plus BOOK’ marks for online networking services targeted to that particular generic category of individuals,...
  • GM kicks ‘Chevy' to the curb

    06/10/2010 7:28:39 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 169 replies · 357+ views
    Don't call it Chevy. General Motors leaders are asking Chevrolet employees to refrain from the shorthand etched in America's consciousness for decades. Or, as the New York Times put it, "If General Motors has its way, you won't be driving your Chevy to the levee ever again." The Times quoted this company memo sent Tuesday: "We'd ask that whether you're talking to a dealer, reviewing dealer advertising, or speaking with friends and family, that you communicate our brand as Chevrolet moving forward. "When you look at the most recognized brands throughout the world, such as Coke or Apple, for instance,...
  • Beck Tries to Kill Parody Website

    10/07/2009 5:04:49 AM PDT · by steve-b · 38 replies · 1,977+ views
    Science Blogs ^ | 10/5/09 | Ed Brayton
    I don't know if you've ever seen the Did Glenn Beck Rape and Murder a Young Girl in 1990 website, but it's fairly amusing. It's a political satire of the style of argument Glenn Beck likes to engage in, which involves requiring that someone prove a negative ("prove you didn't do X") and making claims in the form of an interrogative ("Hey, I'm just asking questions here. I'm not saying he did this. What's wrong with asking questions?"). Well now Beck is trying to kill the site by making a formal complaint (PDF) to an international internet governing body, the...
  • Harvard Trademarking Everyday Phrases

    08/01/2009 4:40:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,157+ views
    UPI ^ | Aug. 1, 2009
    Harvard University's moves to seek U.S. trademarks for everyday phrases such as "Ask what you can do" are defensive measures, a school official says. The university has poured a lot of money into basing its promotional and advertising campaigns on such phrases as "Ask what you can do," which was famously uttered by President John F. Kennedy in his 1960 inaugural speech, as well as "Lessons learned" and "Managing yourself," The Boston Globe reported Saturday. So, Rick Calixto, director of the Harvard Trademark Program, says the university needs to move aggressively to trademark the phrases to protect the investments it...
  • Randall Terry No Longer Linked To Operation Rescue: Trademark Battle Ahead

    06/01/2009 5:09:32 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies · 306+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | June 1, 2009 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    The other day I sent an e-mail to Randall Terry through his organization, Operation Rescue. Well, at least I thought Operation Rescue was Mr. Terry's group and he is arguing it still is. However, my attempt to contact Terry lead to a response from one of Terry's former associates who now controls the trademark and domain name for the organization. There are times when an individual is inexorably linked to an organization. When one thinks of Operation Rescue, the name Randall Terry automatically comes to mind. I called Terry about this issue and he told me soon there would be...
  • “The Fix” is in. ABC News busted by Washington Post.

    03/23/2009 9:19:42 AM PDT · by slomark · 1 replies · 715+ views
    A couple weeks back, ABCNews.com started a daily web series featuring its correspondents and anchors. They called it “The Fix.” Last week lawyers from The Washington Post said the newspaper owns the name “The Fix” and slapped a cease and desist order on the network. Turns out Post writer Chris Cillizza uses the title for his Twitter profile and it’s also the name of a blog he’s written for the Post several years. ....
  • I'm confused. Is it OK to use the Obama symbol in my bumper sticker or not?

    03/08/2009 7:16:19 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 45 replies · 1,422+ views
    self | 03/08/09 | self
    I just created a new bumper sticker and put it up for sale at zazzle.com. However, it includes the Obama logo, and I don't know if it is legal for me to use it or not. Based on what was written on this blog at politico (http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0708/The_Obama_logo.html), it seems that I can use it, unless the Obama people object. Here is the link to my bumper sticker: http://www.zazzle.com/tulipforme ("I hope he fails!" with the Obama logo replacing the "o" in "hope".) What do you think? Do I need to change it and take out the Obama logo or leave it...
  • Company Sues Over the Rail Runner Name (NM-Richardson's Railroad)

    01/14/2009 6:26:59 PM PST · by CedarDave · 18 replies · 794+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 14, 2009 | Lloyd Jojola
    A Massachusetts-based company has sued to stop the state Department of Transportation and the Mid-Region Council of Governments from using the “Rail Runner” name, which it uses for the state-owned commuter train, and for damages related to "trademark infringement."
  • Rapper to change name after cigar maker sues him

    12/05/2008 2:59:36 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 13 replies · 817+ views
    ajc.com ^ | Friday, December 05, 2008 | HEATHER VOGELL
    The artist formerly known as Mista Swissher Sweet needs a new stage name. Jontae Green, an Austell rapper, said this week that he will drop his old moniker after being sued by Swisher International, which bills itself as the world’s largest cigar maker. • Lawsuit Recent headlines: * Rapper to change name after cigar maker sues him * Cobb high schoolers plan shopping event for those in need * Hybrid organ to 'rattle and roll' Strand Theatre • Cobb County news Swisher says Swissher shouldn’t have used the brand’s name and logos on his Web site and in album art...
  • Palin's Favorite Store, Alaska's 'Out of the Closet' to Change Name...(kill the lawyers alert!)

    11/10/2008 8:56:25 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies · 305+ views
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 11/10/2008
    Alaska Consignment Store Will Honor AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Federally Registered 'Out of the Closet' Trademark for its Fundraising Non-profit Thrift Stores AHF Renews Call on RNC to Donate Governor's Campaign Wardrobe to AHF's Out of the Closet Chain; Since 1990, US' Largest AIDS Group Has Run Popular and Award Winning Fundraising Out of the Closet Thrift Stores to Benefit Fight Against HIV/AIDS AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) the largest AIDS organization in the US and operator of the popular and award winning fundraising ‘Out of the Closet’ thrift store chain in California and Florida, has reached agreement to resolve the issue...