Just finished reviewing a big juicy trademark search report and, as always, I have many, many thoughts entirely unrelated to my conclusions about the subject mark’s availability for use and registration. Here goes:
- Why does a municipality of about 12,000 people need a nine class federal trademark application for a logo mark that’s composed of a single letter in a stylized format? We’re not talking Beverly Hills here – this place is unlikely to be on anyone’s tourism bucket list. Even assuming TEAS Plus pricing for the nine classes, that’s $2025 before legal fees. More important than a local food bank or police overtime?
- When over 10% of the search report consists of pages showing a certain party’s oppositions, you can probably conclude that that party is a trademark bully.
- Oops, when reading quickly I saw “Tryon” as “Tyrion.” Damn you, Thrones!
- A search report that is 2000 pages long will contain at least 10 lawyers I know as filing correspondents.
- Is “ASSOCIATION SERVICES, NAMELY, PROMOTING THE INTERESTS
OF HOMEOWNERS THAT RESIDE IN THE COMMUNITY” really a service being performed in interstate commerce? Why does a local municipality that’s presumably offering those services to said homeowners need federal registration? (Okay, it’s just a variation on the theme of #1.)
- Honestly, why is anyone filing applications for goods that include cannabis products?
- Gonna say it and not be shy: Those Madrid registrations with biblically long IDs really clog up the register.
- When Disney, Nintendo, McDonald’s, Marvel Comics, Warner Bros., Merck, 20+ sports teams, and 20+ universities and colleges show up in the search with registered marks, that tells you the mark is weak.
- The Finnish term for “limited company” is osakeyhtiö, and its delightful abbreviation is OY.
- Any application that contains automobiles, pantyhose, and whips among its identified goods should be immediately suspect – can its owner really have a bona fide intention to use the mark on all those items?
- Why does a high school need federal trademark registration of its logo?
- Boy, do we Jews seem to gravitate to trademark law!
- Here, have a doggie as a reward for your kindness in slogging through this post: