Archive for the ‘Trademarks’ Category

Is “Make America Great Again” trademarked?

May 10, 2016

You bet “Make America Great Again”  is trademarked.


















And, no surprise, the trademark registration reads …



OK, that’s to be expected.

But, here are a couple of wrinkles that may surprise you …


What has 8 legs and 6 wings?

June 2, 2015

Answer: Definitely not a Kentucky Fried Chicken.


When I heard a news blurb talking about KFC genetically raising chickens with 8 legs and 6 wings, I bought in.

I figured: smart move.

Kids devour drumsticks and wings are still one of the hottest bar foods around.

My thought: good operations move … improve the “yield” from each chicken.

Turns out that my read wasn’t the story at all …


Rebranding ObamaCare …

November 26, 2013

After a couple of years of his saying that he liked the name ObamaCare … since he’s Obama and he cares …  the President has indicated that he thinks that ObamaCare ––  which is now being lumped with brands like Edsel and New Coke – needs to be rebranded and remarketed.

As a recovering marketer who is always willing to lend a hand, here’s my re-branding nomination:

ObamACA tm

Pronounced “Obama – ka.”

A clever twist, right?


P.S. Note the trademark TM  above my nominated brand name … I’m hereby establishing what the IP attorneys call a “first use” to claim the rights to the name.

Maybe I can make some dough off this mess … to help defray my new, higher health insurance premiums.

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KFC burying the Colonel’s bones … say, what?

July 19, 2013

“You won’t find the colonel on the marquee or signage,” says KFC President John Cywinski, “but you’ll find more abstract references to our heritage.”

Say, what?


First KFC ditches the bones.

Now, it buries Colonel Sander’s bones …. and his goateed trademark pic.

Here’s the story.


Don’t trade on somebody’ else’s trademark … unless you’re a state.

November 28, 2011

I knew that diplomats had immunity from prosecution, but I didn’t know that states had “sovereign immunity” to do as they please.

Here’s an interesting trademark case:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Gambling on Trademarks

Two men lost a $5 million trademark case against the Georgia State Lottery,

The suit involved the logo for Georgia’s MONEYBAG$ game, a velvet pouch with wooden tiles, which George Kyle had registered as a trademark in 1995.

The trademark was used by the Georgia Lottery with Kyle’s permission from 1999 to 2002,

It later appeared on scratch-off tickets in 2005 and 2007, without Kyle’s permission.

The Georgia Supreme Court said that “the Georgia Lottery is shielded from liability by sovereign immunity.”

Why should a state be “immune” from commercial law?

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