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Trademark Tuesday – New and Cancelled Marks – February 28, 2023

How on earth are we at the end of February already? I mean, I know it’s a short month, but it still feels like its 4 weeks just blasted by. We had a very small list of only 565 newly registered marks this week in class 025, though I found quite a few to curate for this list. There were 349 cancellations as well. Onward to March!

(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

ANDREW – Sorry, all you guys named Andrew! Guess you have to go by Andy or Drew now.
BE ACTIVE. LIVE SPONTANEOUS.
CLEVELAND FOREVER
CLEVELAND GUARDIANS – I guess the baseball team and the roller derby team settled their hash!
CONFITURE – If you’re a DuoLingo person, you may know that this is French for “jam”.
DOPE ASS WIFE – This really needs a hyphen. Is she a dope-ass wife, or a dope ass-wife?
DOWN FOR MINE – Down for a really bad specimen? See below.
FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF [Supplemental]
FLORIDA OG
FROG SQUAD
HALFBOY – What’s the other half?
HAPPY SKIPPER
HOSTILE NATIVE
HOUSE CAT
HYDROSAPIENS
I LOVE YOU ALL THE NUMBERS IN THE WORLD – Disagree. I only love you 273, 9437, and 56.
I WOULD BUT I’M RIDING THAT DAY – Thought this would be horse girl merch, but the specimen has a scruffy dude.
INSPIRATION OVER INFLUENCE
JERSEY TOQUE – Cute idea (a toque shaped like a hockey jersey) but tough for those making toques out of jersey fabric.
JUST RANCHIN’
KEEN INTELLECT
LABOUR OF LOVE
LIFESCRAZY – Yesitissometimes.
LIVE EVIL – A nice contrast to the usual live laugh love stuff.
LOVE IS LIGHT
LUCKY JOHN – Sorry, guys named John — you must now be unlucky!
MADE TO MOTHER
MELANIN CROWN
MOUTHWASH – A common word, yeah, but I don’t see people clamoring to print this word by itself on a shirt.
MS. MARVEL – But you weren’t using this anyway, right?
MY FAMILY’S LAUNDRY
NEW YORK’S STRONGEST
OF THE EARTH
OH DAT NICE
ONE OF A KIND HEART – This made me look up situs inversus to see how rare it is. 1 in 10,000!
OUTCOME
PICNIC
PLANTS AND TATTOOS
PRETTY OKAY AT BIKES – Same owner as I WOULD BUT I’M RIDING THAT DAY.
SEED JUNKY – Sounds like either plant growing or marijuana. Turns out, it’s both! (Buds look so moldy and gross to me.)
SET THE HOOK
SHART HAPPENS – I have specimen thoughts, see below.
SOCCER HAPPY
STAY BIG – Don’t order me to do something I’m already doing.
STAY COMFY – Again, don’t order me to do something I’m already doing. 😆
SUPER PUNCHER
SWEATY BETTY
THE THING? – We stopped to see THE THING? one time during a cross-country move!
THROUGH THE STORM
TOO FIT TO BE TIRED – I bet the very fit do sometimes get tired.
TREND
VERY AMUSING
WEATHER OR NOT
WILD IN BLOOM
YOU AIN’T NO COWBOY – Through the magic of double-negatives, I am now a cowboy.

 


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

CLANGERS
OAF NATION

 


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!)

(OMG) OWNING MY GREATNESS
100% TEXAS MADE EST. 1845.
2UP2DOWN
A CAUSE TO CELEBRATE
ALL SOULS MATTER
BANGERS & MASH
BLACK CHROME
CHECK MATE
COASTAL MISCHIEF
DMZ
ENTER.
FAIRY TAILS
FASHIONABLY FUNNY
FEAR NOTHING. GIVE EVERYTHING.
FEARCE
FEEL THE FREEZE
FLASH OF GENIUS
GENERATION US
GLITTER EVER AFTER
GRIND&PRAY
HUNT LIKE YOU MEAN IT
ISLAND JOE
IT HURTS TO WIN
IT’S A GREAT DAY TO BE IN THE USA
JESUS IS THE ILLEST.
KIDPROOF
LAKE LIFE UNSALTED
LIVING IN MOTION
LOSER LIKE YOU
MANIACAL
MERMAJESTY
MONKEY SEA MONKEY DOO
MOONLIGHT BAY
MOTA
NUMERIC
OBSESSED WITH
ONCE A BEAR, ALWAYS A BEAR
RIDE FOREVER
RIVER ROSE
ROCK BEATS PAPER
SILLY STRING
SMACKDOWN
TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
THE BEST JASON IN THE WORLD
THE CORPORATION
TWO HEARTS
UNDERSTAND GOD LOVES YOU
VENOMOUS SOUL
WORTH WAITING FOR
YOU CREATED IT

 


PART 1-B: FASCINATING SPECIMENS

As someone with Crohn’s Disease, I could have gotten behind SHART HAPPENS in a different context. However, this appears to just be some crappy joke [pun intended] about pooping yourself after eating tacos at night. And apparently just printing the phrase on the sleeve is enough to show the USPTO that it’s a legitimate brand indicating the source of goods? Ugh.

Specimen for the registered trademark SHART HAPPENS. It appears to be some joke about eating tacos, and just has SHART HAPPENS printed on the sleeve.

 

I’m not sure what DOWN FOR MINE means, but their specimens are awful. How did the examiner not notice that the barcode is fake? Look at those numbers! And clearly cut out from cardstock by hand? UGGHHHHH.

Specimens for the registered trademark DOWN FOR MINE. One is a hand-cut paper tag with DOWN FOR MINE printed on it, and the other is a hand-cut card with a fake barcode on it.

 


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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