MISSY MEYER’S SNARKY MUSINGS ABOUT TRADEMARKS, COPYRIGHT, LICENSING, AND OTHER IP!

Trademark Tuesday – New and Cancelled Marks – December 21, 2021

Happy Solstice, everyone! Io Saturnalia! Happy Crossword Puzzle Day! Oh, and I’m sure there are some other lesser-known holidays happening soon too. 😆


PART 1: NEW REGISTRATIONS

AMAZING WOMAN – Covers oven mitts, pot holders, towels, and aprons. Feels sexist-ish.
AWESOME HUMANS
BE YOUR HIGHEST – Had to look at the specimen to see if this was drugs-related or something else! (Spoiler: it’s drugs.)
BE YOUR OWN KIND OF SUCCESSFUL
BEACH MAFIA [Supplemental]
BIKE BAE – Oh, to live somewhere with good bicycle infrastructure, so I could be a bike bae!
CHOCOLATE DON’T CHIP
CITIZENS CHOICE – I feel like we’re missing an apostrophe here.
COMELY – I’d classify this as an “old-timey” term that should be brought back.
COMPLICIT – Whereas this term is very much in current use.
CUNTY – What a way to end a letter C single-word trifecta!
DO THE MOST
EVERYDAY GIRLSTRONG – Feels like the name of a Dick Tracy character.
EXPLORER TRAVEL
FOOLISH – We’ve had more single-word marks today than we usually do in a month!
FOR THE BELIEVER IN YOU
FUCK YOUR BRAND – Yet you’ve registered this as a brand, curious!
GLOBAL LEGEND
GO SLOW
GOD BLESS WHOEVER HATING ON ME.
GOD GROWN
HOOKERS AND WEED – Lots of new items for the drugs/profanity/sex section this week!
HUNTING IS GOOD
I GOT VACCINATED BUT I STILL WANT SOME OF YOU TO STAY AWAY FROM ME – Word.
I’M HERE. I’M HAPPY.
INTERNET GIRLFRIEND – She lives in Canada. You wouldn’t know her.
KEEP IT HOT!
KISS OR DISS
LESS BRUNCHES MORE CRUNCHES – Or even fewer brunches, amiright?
LET US WORSHIP
LOVE WITHOUT REASON
MELANIN CRUE
NOFUN
ON THIS DAY
PERFECTLY FLAWED – Fits right between PERFECTLY DAMAGED and PERFECLTY IMPERFECT on the list.
POWER & SPEED
SABOTAGE – And now I have the Beastie Boys in my head.
SELF-CARE IS THE NEW HEALTH-CARE – Because at least in the USA, self-care is all we can afford.
SKIPPER BOY
SNEAKER SNOB – My fingers kept typing “shop” instead of “snob.” You ever have that?
STOP DOING NOTHING
THE POWER OF MELANIN
TRUST HARD WORK – I’d rather trust a healthy work/life balance. Jeez, I’m very activist-ish today.
WHY NOT ME !? – A punctuation set we’ll have to call “banginterro.”
WOLVES AMONG SHEEP – Does this mean you plan to … eat the sheeple?
YOU’RE ENOUGH – Goods are just “aprons and capes.” There’s another older registration that covers shirts.

Also: one guy got several marks, all along the lines of FOR BEARS USE ONLY, FOR PATRIOTS USE ONLY, and JETS USE ONLY. Clearly trying to capitalize on American football team names. I’m not including these on the spreadsheet because you aren’t trying to piggyback on a sports team anyway, right?


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!)

ABOVE THE RIM
ALL THE TIME
BALLZ
BULLDOZER
CONFUCIUS
COWBOY TRADITION
DISCOVER THE POWER IN YOU
GET HOOKED
GOOD DOG UNIVERSITY
GOOD RIDE
GOTTA DANCE
HELLO WORLD – Hooray! This cancellation was long overdue.
HUNTER
KIDS PLAY
KISS MY ASH
LEGENDARY GOLD
LIFE IS GREAT WITH GOD
LIFE’S BETTER WHEN YOU EAT LOCALLY – Get ready for a lot of bettering your life…
LIFE’S BETTER WHEN YOU HAVE A DOG
LIFE’S BETTER WHEN YOU PLAY GOLF
LIFE’S BETTER WHEN YOU RUN
LIFE’S BETTER WHEN YOU VOTE
LIFE’S BETTER WHEN YOU WORK HARD – Whew! OK, you have your instructions, now GO!
MADE BY GOD
MORE WHISKEY LESS WATER
PATHETIC ATHLETIC – Perfectly describes me anytime I try a sport.
PHAT
PORN STAR – Seems like one of those “if you have to broadcast it, it isn’t true” situations.
PUMPKIN PATCH
REDNECK DIVA
SANDY RIVER
SMALL MIRACLES
SPROUT
SWEETCAKES
THERE IS NO OFF POSITION ON THE GENIUS SWITCH – Owned by David Letterman’s “Worldwide Pants” company.
THIS AIN’T NO PICNIC – So following double-negative rules, this is a picnic!
WILD RIDER


Note: This is a curated list, and may not include all marks that affect you or your business.

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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