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

Trademark Tuesday – New and Cancelled Marks – February 7, 2023

The gazette lists are getting shorter: only 568 newly registered marks this week. I cringe every week, expecting to see the numbers shoot backup to 1000+ any time now. On the plus side, there were 400 cancelled marks this week, which is one of the largest lists I’ve seen!

(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

A COZY CROCHET
AFTER THAT
ALL SHALL PERISH – Well that’s a cheerful way to start the day. Metal band!
ALWAYS BROKE – Wear this and you won’t get mugged!
BALLISTICS
CERTIFIED REAL – Is there some way to certify something as fake? Feels like an oxymoron.
CHANGE THE WORLD, START WITH COFFEE
COCKY BASTARD – Sounds like it should be the title of an enemies-to-lovers romance novel.
DEAR FUTURE WIFEY – Kind of also sounds like a romance novel title. (It’s a podcast!)
FAITH DRIP
FOR THE PURSUIT OF GOOD TIMES
FUNKY FARM BROS
FURTHER FASTER HARDER – Feels like this should be “farther” instead of “further,” if we’re talking distance.
GABAGOOL – From the registration: “The English translation of GABAGOOL is CONTROL.” Whaaaat? It’s east-coast American slang for capicola ham!
GEM GEEK
GIRLS CAN HOOP – Yes! I was quite the hula-hooping whiz in my younger days.
HALF & HALF
HEY, MAMA SAID
HIPHOP PANDA
HOME ALONE – Owned by some random individual! But you weren’t using this to refer to the movie anyway, right?
JACK & JILL – The earliest version of the rhyme is from 1765, but yeah, go ahead and register this!
LET’S GO OUTSIDE – Eh, I’m on team Let’s Stay Inside.
LIZZO – But you weren’t using her name anyway, right? OH! Also, earlier this week, the USPTO reversed its refusal to register 100% THAT BITCH, and Lizzo’s two applications for that phrase are moving forward again!
MARRIAGE LEGACY
MRS. CEO – Some day, in a future utopia, men will need to say “Mr. CEO” to make it clear the CEO is a dude.
NEVER BECOME COMMON
NOT EVER HOME – Just like with LET’S GO OUTSIDE, I’m more on team Always Home. 😆
NOT YOUR SUB – Appears to be more dom/sub than substitute teacher. (Or submarine.) Could also be a romance novel title!
PRETTY GIRLS WITH PRETTY SOULS – Adding this to aaaallllll the other “pretty girl” marks. 🙄
PROUD TO BE A FARMER
REQUEST
RICH & PROSPEROUS – I appreciate that these are recognized as two separate things.
ROCKINMYVIBE – What did we have before we had vibes? Grooves? Serious question, I can’t remember.
ROTE
SEXICO – I have things to say about their specimen. (See below.)
SLAY YOUR DAY – Slaying is starting to get as irritating as hustling for me.
SPACE PUNKS
THIRST RESPONDER
TILL THE DIRT – Sounds like something a proud farmer would do.
WAKE UP KILL SHIT REPEAT – This is me, now that Freelancer mode is out for Hitman. (Except I do quite a bit of dying.)
WE DO IT OUTDOORS
WE DON’T QUIT WE FINISH! – They added the exclamation mark, but didn’t include a comma.
WE DONE – An appropriate end to this list!

 


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!)

100% TRUE LOVE
ADDICTED LIFESTYLE
ALCOHOL IS GOOD
ALL FOR JESUS CHRIST
ALWAYS GRACE
AMERICAN ANGEL
BEND THE RULES
BORN RELENTLESS
BUZZARD
CANNABIS COUNTRY
CAST, CATCH, REPEAT
DOG IS MY CO-PILOT
FIGHT FOR EVERYTHING
FOREVER HUMBLE
HAPPY STARTS NOW
HAWAIIAN ANGEL
JUST SOUTH OF HEAVEN
LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE, NOT A GUIDED TOUR
LIFE ON THE HALF SHELL
LITERAL
LIVE THE AIRBOAT LIFE
MISS MAFIA
MOMMY CHIC
OVERCOME ANYTHING
POUR STAR
SINUOUS
SKANK
SPARKLE & SHINE DARLING
SPEAR GEAR
STUBBORN SOUL
SUPERPOWERED
THINK WELL TO BE WELL
TRUST HIM
WHAT DO YOU RUN FOR?
WHISKY BABY

 


PART 1-B: FASCINATING SPECIMENS

Here’s one of the specimens for SEXICO; they also had it ornamentally in the Impact font on the front of a shirt. I love how this specimen includes a different company’s well-known trademark! I’m sure the New York Yankees would have no problem with this type of use. (/sarcasm) The luchador mask is probably also someone’s IP; I know it isn’t Santo or Blue Demon, I’m not sure who it is.

One of the specimens for the trademark SEXICO, which includes the New York Yankees logo.

 


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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