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Trademark Tuesday – New and Cancelled Marks – 02 January 2024

Welcome to 2024! This first week of the year had 847 new trademark registrations (with a weirdly large number on the Supplemental Register), and 390 cancellations. And due to copyrighted items from 1928 entering the public domain yesterday, I’ve included a few pertinent trademarks in their own section. Guess what they are!

Note: These new marks are now fully registered and active! These lists are compiled from the Trademark Official Gazette, which publishes lists of the newest registered marks every week. (Some of these are legitimate brand names! I’ve included them on this list because those brand names are also words or phrases that may be used on the goods in question by crafters and makers.)

 


PART 1: NEW REGISTRATIONS (PRINCIPAL REGISTER)

ANTI SHAVING CLUB – I have joined this group in my old age.
BAMBINI
BUILD YOUR OWN DREAMS
CELEBRATE GOD – 5 god-related marks this week from the same owner.
CHILLFUL VIBES – I have also joined this group in my old age!
CIRCUMSTANCE
CRUMPETS – Crumpets are crunk. It’s gonna be a crump-pocalypse. (IYKYK)
CURRY UP
DEMON CHILD – Wasn’t sure whether to file this under “children” or “occult.”
DO THE WORK
DON’T MAKE AMERICA HATE AGAIN – I don’t think the hate ever went away? Seems pretty hate-filled these days, sadly.
EVERYONE’S WELCOME HERE – This is nice and inclusive.
GOD LOVES ALL – This one is a bit less inclusive.
GYM DADDY
HARD SUMMER
HEARTBREAK
HEY SLEEPY BABY
HONOR TO GOD
I HAVE SAND IN CURIOUS PLACES – Like, up your nose? Or in your ears?
KEEP CALM AND FIDGET ON!
LAWYER’D UP
LESS TALKING MORE DANCING – I have NOT joined this group. Not a fan of dancing.
LIBERTY & JUSTICE
LRN THT SHT
MIXED FEELINGS
MODEL TRIBE – Story time. A friend recommended a book logging app called StoryGraph, so I decided to try it in 2024. I added in my reading history for the last 7 years (I’ve previously kept Pinterest boards for every year), and I’ll be going in over time and rating them so that I can get good recommendations. But it reminded me that in 2017, I read Tyra Banks’ novel Modelland, and my goodness, that was an acid trip of a book.
MOVE WITH LOVE
NOT EQUAL
RELY ON GOD
SAIL OR DROWN
SALTY BLISS – Anyone out there use Maldon salt for finishing? SO CRUNCHY.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN LIFE – 5 week streak for X LIFE marks!
TEAM SNOWFLAKE
THE SELFIE QUEEN – Owned by Frida Kahlo Corporation!
TOMB IT MAY CONCERN
TREAD ON ME NEVER TREAD AGAIN – Death threats make the best brand names.
TREMBLE
TRUTH REALLY UPSETS MOST PEOPLE – This is true. So it’s probably upsetting.
VALUED BY GOD
WATCH TV – Well, if you insist.
WE ARE DRIVEN
WE STAND
WEATHERVANE
WINTER RULES
WINTER TERM
WRONGED BY SOCIETY

 


PART 1-B: NEW REGISTRATIONS (SUPPLEMENTAL REGISTER)

1968
LET’S BE WEIRD TOGETHER
NATURAL BOLD CONFIDENT UNTAMABLE BEAUTY
UNAPOLOGETICALLY IMPERFECT

 


PART 1-C: OLDER REGISTERED MARKS I DISCOVERED THIS WEEK

None!

 


PART 1-D: “STEAMBOAT WILLIE” ENTERED THE PUBLIC DOMAIN THIS WEEK. JUST … DON’T.

MICKEY MOUSE – Various goods in classes 009, 014, 016, 018, and 025.
MICKEY MOUSE – Various goods in class 025.
MICKEY MOUSE – Various goods in class 009, 016, 018, and 025.
MICKEY MOUSE – Various goods in classes 021 and 024.
MICKEY MOUSE – Various goods in classes 020, 021, and 024.
MICKEY MOUSE – Various goods in class 028.
MINNIE MOUSE – Various goods in class 025.
MINNIE MOUSE – Various goods in classes 018, 020, 021, and 024.
MINNIE MOUSE – Various goods in classes 014, 108, 020, 021, and 024.
MINNIE MOUSE – Various goods in classes 025 and 028.
[motion]: A 16-second video mark that includes the Steamboat Willie version of Mickey Mouse whistling and spinning a ship’s wheel; registered in class 041, covering “Entertainment services in the nature of production and distribution of motion pictures.” (The video clip specimen can be viewed here.)

This isn’t even all of them. I just got tired. Many more registration numbers in many classes.

 


PART 2: CANCELLED MARKS

(Standard disclaimer: Always double-check these words and phrases before using them in your designs, to make sure there isn’t a separate registration that is still live and active. Some marks have multiple registrations!)

+VIBES
1901
ALOHA TO ZEN
BACKPACK KIDS
BORN HOOLIGAN
BUILT TO DOMINATE
CITY SURF
DESIGNER WEED
DO SPORTS
EXPECT TO WIN
FOLLOW YOUR FLOW
FOR ELECTRIC USE ONLY
FOR SUPERMODEL USE ONLY
GAME OR DIE
HI NEIGHBOR
HONOR THE EFFORT
HOOD BOHEMIAN
JELLICLE CATS – Note that the original work is covered under copyright for another 11 years.
JUST A BALL AND A DREAM
KUDZU
MAKE AMERICA DRINK AGAIN
ME AND YOU * [removed from spreadsheet]
MORE THAN WHAT YOU SEE
MOTHERLUCKER
OFFSHORE GRILLING
ONE MORE CAST
PRAY PRETTY
PUZZLE
SAILOR
SHADE LIFE
STAY DRUNK ON LOVE
STRETCH YOUR LIFE
SUN & SHADOW
SUNSET DREAMIN’
TOKELAND
TRAVELADVENTURELIFE
UANDME
UNDER SURVEILLANCE
UNLOCK
UNXPECTED
WE FIGHT FOR LOVE

 


PART 3: SPECIMENS OF NOTE

I spent this week’s specimen-looking time researching those Mickey & Minnie Marks.

 


[sic] = The mark contains a spelling, spacing, grammar, or punctuation error. The error is left as-is.
[removed from spreadsheet] = The cancelled item had been on my spreadsheet of marks, and has now been removed.

 


Note: This is a curated list, and may not include all marks that affect you or your business. All opinions expressed in the snark are my own. All snark is intended for entertainment purposes.

As always, the new marks have been added to my ginormous spreadsheet; please check it out for a shockingly large list of registered trademarks!

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