We all understand Disney is a trademark. We understand Bic Mac is a trademark. But who knew, that Goodnight and Bobcat are also trademarked! Yes, you might get in trouble with the lawyers by misspelling Good night in your item description for your hand made bed side lamp!
under the sea is trademarked. funnily enough, not by disney
After getting a little sad and frustrated reading a post in the Etsy forum, I decided to start a little blog about weird/silly/outrageous trademarks:
I am hoping it might shed a light to the issue with a comical way, nevertheless hopefully also educational, since this is one of the things (along with copyright infringement) that might get your new business shut down before it even started, just because you’d never would have guessed words like “monster” are already trademarked! Well, in some instances at least (or in the case of monster, quite a few already!)
The stories will be simplified and exaggerated a bit for comical purposes, but they will be based on true stories…
If you are the least bit interested in this issue, please follow and share the blog!
Have you encountered tricky situations with trademarks?
I have a dozen posts in the queue already, and many in the making. I am really hoping to gather more, based on your true stories! Guest submissions are allowed in the blog, you can also use the “Ask anything” form if you want to leave your story anonymously.
Obviously, you can leave your stories here as well (comments are published manually), just remember to let me know if for some reason you don’t want to get your comment published!
I am hoping to get stories concerning trademark, as it is less known compared to copyright, but will welcome copyright and patent stories as well (as I just learnt that looped ribbons are patented? What?)
Whether you are the trademark holder, who learnt the hard way your trademark didn’t actually apply the way you wanted, you got ripped off by bigger or smaller companies, or you came up with an idea all by yourself and then learnt someone had already patented/trademarked that idea… Or, like me, learnt that you can’t use the common phrases like Under the Sea without getting flagged by the copyright holder…