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Trademark Tuesday – New and Cancelled Marks – 23 January 2024

There were 855 new registrations in class 025 this week, including a whopping 186 on the supplemental register. Y’all, there used to be maybe 5 to 10 supplemental marks every week. I have no idea why this month has had such huge numbers. Maybe the USPTO is finally shoving frivolous stuff there? Anyhoo, we also had 357 cancelled marks in 025 this week.

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)

ASK ME WHAT I DO – Why does this feel like a dare?
BE PROUD
BXTCH – Not sure how you’d pronounce this. Just “bitch”?  Or maybe “bixitch”?
CEREAL – A surprising number of pantry staples are clothing trademarks!
CHILDHOOD DREAMS
CINQ À SEPT – French for “five to seven.”
COMMANDERS – The District of Columbia sports team.
D.I.L.D.O. – In this case, apparently an acronym for “Dad I Like (to) Do Often.”
FAITH & DREAMS
GROOM SQUAD – Owner: an individual in China.
GROOM’S CREW – Same owner. This person has a TON of wedding-related marks.
GROSSLY UNREMARKABLE
HIS GLORY
I’D RATHER BE HOME WITH MY DOG – Same owner as I’D RATHER BE WITH MY DOG.
IF I DON’T WORK I CAN’T EAT – Specimen is a $115 t-shirt with a photo of Bad Bunny. See it below!
INSPIRED TO TRAVEL
JESUS IS BETTER – At first I read this as “Jesus is bitter.”
LEAD – I can’t tell if this is “guiding someone”, “in first place”, or the element Pb.
LEAK LIFE – A new streak begins: week 1 of X LIFE marks!
LIBERTY NOT TYRANNY – I love that slogans today sound like they’re from the 1780s.
LOST HORIZON
LOVE ME NOT
LOVE THIS MOMENT
MOMMYGANG – Can’t decide if this gang would be terrifying, or just tired.
NEIGHBORHOOD TEACHER
NEVER NOT TRAVELING – Who doesn’t never not dislike a double negative? 😆
PITCH PERFECT – I love you awesome nerds.
POET LIFE – A thrilling double X LIFE week!
RELEASE DATE
SINGLE & FAT – A perfectly fine way to be!
TAKE NOTES
TRUST ME
VERY ALIVE – “Very” feels wrong with a binary thing like alive/dead.
WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE
WORK ZONE
YOUR MAGIC LIES WITHIN

 


PART 1-B: NEW REGISTRATIONS (SUPPLEMENTAL REGISTER)

BORN TO BE RANCHY – A whole bunch of ranch/farm ones from the same guy.
CALI GIRLS
CALM YOUR TEATS – Same ranch guy.
LOVE MEXICANS LIKE YOU LOVE TACOS – I kinda want to say this to racist relatives.
NOT MY BULL NOT MY SHIT – Same ranch guy.
RISE & SHINE MOTHER CLUCKERS – Same ranch guy.
SOME CALL IT SALT WATER, WE CALL IT HOLY WATER
THE GREATEST BABY IN THE UNIVERSE
WE WANT TO PUT OUR MEAT IN YOUR MOUTH – These are always classy. Same ranch guy.

 


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

DULL MEN’S CLUB

 


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!)

AQUAVITA
BE THE WOLF.
BE VIRTUOUS
BITCH MAFIA
BLACKMAIL
BOUGIE HUSTLE
BUSY BEE * [removed from spreadsheet]
CRAWL SO HARD
GRIND’N
IF NOT FOR LOVE …
LIFT AND BE LIFTED
LIVE BY THE TIDES
LIVE THE MOMENT * [removed from spreadsheet]
LONG DISTANCE
MOTHER MADE
OH IT’S REAL
PEACE, LOVE, PINTS
ROLL’N 4 CHRIST
SHWEEET
SIMPLY CRAFTY
SQUAT PRESS PULL
TAKEOVER
TRUCKERS ONLY
WARRIOR FOR GOOD * [removed from spreadsheet]
WITTLE STWONG BWAVE

 


PART 3: SPECIMENS OF NOTE

Here’s the specimen for IF I DON’T WORK I CAN’T EAT. There is … a LOT I don’t understand about art, despite being an artist. Per the fine print: “Exclusive drop t-shirt release by photographer Kevin Wong. This iconic image of Bad Bunny was taken back in 2017. Anything Kevin Wong drop is considered art, not just merch.” Does that make this t-shirt with a photo printed on it worth $115? Not to me, but maybe to someone!

Specimen for IF I DON'T WORK I CAN'T EAT.

 


[sic] = The mark contains a spelling, spacing, grammar, or punctuation error which does not appear to be wordplay. 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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