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Trademark Tuesday – New and Cancelled Marks – February 14, 2023

We have 613 newly registered trademarks in class 025 this week. Weirdly, even though they’re appearing in the Gazette and have their registration certificiate in their documents, the TSDR page on most of these is currently showing them still in the application stage. Hopefully that will catch up soon! On the flip side, we had 395 marks cancelled in 025 today.

(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

AFRIKAN QUEEN
AMERICAN SEASHORE
BE THE BALL – A quote from Caddyshack used by a company named after the country club in Caddyshack. ⛳🙄
BEAR KINGDOM
BEAUTY IS WITHIN
BEE BETTER – Bombas keeps registering this for small handfuls of goods.
BLK WOMEN CAN
BONES DAY – Surprised there isn’t also a NO BONES DAY registration. RIP, Noodles.
BOWS BLING & TUTUS
CARAWAY Goods: Aprons.
COACH LIFE – Eventually, every hobby plus the word LIFE will be registered as a trademark.
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF
DON’T FUCK WITH MY – Another open-ended phrase with a bad specimen.
DON’T STRESS JUST PRESS
DRANKFUL – Is this for when you get drunk at Thanksgiving?
DRINK WEIRD
EARTHGIRL
ELF – Owned by a random company in China.
FIGHTER’S CLUB – The first rule of Fighter’s Club is that you don’t mix it up with Fight Club.
FRUITSTAND
FULLY LOVED & FREE
GIMME THE HOT SAUCE – Ooh, a specimen definitely worth discussing below!
GLAIVE
GOD’S ALPHA MALE [Supplemental] – Anyone who claims to be an alpha male very much is not.
HIKE | RUN | ROAM
HOLY WATER – Would it burn a vampire to wear this brand’s t-shirt?
HOT & DELICIOUS
I DON’T LOOK LIKE WHAT I’VE BEEN THROUGH – Specimen below!
IT’S F*CKING SPIRITUAL
IT’S MY LIFE – Aaand now I have the song by Talk Talk stuck in my head. (You may go Bon Jovi or No Doubt, depending on your age and tastes.)
KUSH – These days, it seems like pot people are almost as in-your-face as golf people and god people!
LAKE DOG
MAKE HISTORY NOW
MIRABEL MADRIGAL – But you weren’t using this Disney character name anyway, right?
MISS MARPLE – Ditto with this Agatha Christie character name, right?
MONOLOGUE
MOTIVATED BY GOD – Thou shalt not nap or slack off.
PICKLEBALL SENSEI – Yet another pickleball mark! It won’t be the last.
POOR LIL RICH GIRLZ
PRESEASON
REIGN BOLDLY
SAYS WHO?
SCARED SHEETLESS – It’s a cybersecurity company, wrecking your Halloween designs!
SHE-HULK – And you weren’t using this Marvel character name either, right?
SON OF MARS
SOY CUBANO
SUBBED > DUBBED – A film argument I agree with, but the specimen … ugh.
SUNSHINE STATE OF MIND [Supplemental]
SWEET & SAUCY
THE COUNCIL OF 12 – Seems like a bunch of woo?
THE SMALL TOWN LIFE – Not for me, I desperately want to live in a 15-minute city!
THEN NOW FOREVER
TOO REAL FOR THE WORLD
VILLAIN ACADEMY – Feels like a book series, and appears to be a book series!
WAKE RIDE REPEAT

 


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!)

#DON’TBEAVERAGE
ARRESTED
ARTFUL GENTLEMAN
BAD ROMANCE
BAT LIFE
BREADWINNERS
CALIFORNIA MOONRISE
CRAZY COOL
DO SOMETHING FANATICAL – Or, here’s a thought … maybe don’t?
DOPE IDEA
DOUBLE TAKE
DROPOUT
EAT AND SLEEP MUSIC
FEED THE WHITE WOLF
FISHING KIDS
FOR GOLFERS ONLY
GET FRUMPY
GET YOUR LAUGH ON
GIVE THE GOOSE
GOD’S LITTLE CHEERLEADER
GOT STICK?
HAPPY TOES
HOOD POLITICS
I CANCEL THAT
IT IS WHAT I SAY IT IS
KIDS ZONE
LIFE IS A FIGHT DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP
NATURAL HABITAT
NERD CODE
NO ROOM FOR THE WEAK
PEACE LOVE USA
RECKLESS GIRLS
ROSE LADY
SALTWATER HIPPIE
SCOOP IT UP
STAY CHARGED
THE SUM OF IT ALL
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS “TOUGH HUNTING”, THERE ARE ONLY “WEAK HUNTERS”!!!
THIRSTY FOR
TODAY NOT TOMORROW
TROPICALLY INFUSED
TWO PAWS UP
WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
WORDNERD
WRITING TO SURVIVE

 


PART 1-B: FASCINATING SPECIMENS

Specimen for the registered trademark DON'T FUCK WITH MYFirst up, we have the specimen for DON’T FUCK WITH MY. It’s … just a hang tag, but it isn’t actually attached to anything. I’d love to see it hanging from the unisex joggers. This is the only specimen in their application.

Also, in what universe are fancy brand joggers only $9.99? This is the kind of pricing you’d see from an Amazon seller named “MARVMYS” or “VOEONS.” (Yes, I did find those at Amazon offering $10 joggers.)

And also also, I did a Google search for “don’t fuck with my unisex joggers,” and didn’t see anything that could be this brand or this product. So the don’t appear to exist, at least on the internet?

 

Here’s a matching set of rumpled t-shirts with the supposed brand name on the chest! Both I DON’T LOOK LIKE WHAT I’VE BEEN THROUGH and SUBBED > DUBBED got approved with purely ornamental specimens, which should not have happened. Neither of these shows branding on the inside of the shirt collar, and neither had a branded hang tag attached.
Specimen for the registered trademark I DON'T LOOK LIKE WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH.Specimen for the registered trademark SUBBED > DUBBED.

 

Specimen for the registered trademark GIMME THE HOT SAUCE.And last, is it just me, or is GIMME THE HOT SAUCE using one of those customizable Facebook avatars as part of their logo? With a pixelated halo of white around it from where they removed the background from a JPG? I don’t think Facebook (or whatever avatar/Bitmoji/persona generator made this) would be happy with it being used in a logo.

You’d also expect, with a specimen like this, that the mark would actually be STACEY KING’S GIMME THE HOT SAUCE. But a lot of these folks drop part of the text shown in the specimen!

 


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.

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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