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Trademark Tuesday – New and Cancelled Marks – November 16, 2021

I’ll warn you good people right now, I’m feeling off my game today. This morning at the doctor’s office they drew 5 vials of blood for various tests, and I got a “Surprise, you haven’t had a tetanus booster for over 15 years!” shot. (I refuse to call this the Tdap, and will instead call it the “Dip-Tet” as an homage to Raising Arizona.) So I’m right on the borderline between “ouch” and “ugh”. But the USPTO doesn’t stop just because our puny meat-sack bodies are slowly failing, and so we must soldier on!

 


PART 1: NEW REGISTRATIONS

ALL AS ONE
ALWAYS BE CREATING
BIG MILK ENERGYAn intriguing play on Big D Energy. I’m surprised these are women’s t-shirts, and not baby bodysuits!
BLACK & NERDY
CBP – Short for Customs and Border Patrol, I believe.  This one is owned by the US Department of Homeland Security.
CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE
DEAR NICU MAMA
DUCK SQUADRON
EAT PRAY DUNKAh, the classic journey of self-discovery that ends with playing basketball.
FAITH BUILDERS
FAVORITE ARMY
FEMALE WAY OF LIFE
FORTUNE OVER FAME
FUTURE BLACK MAN
GET TO KNOW ME
GIRL ATHLETE [Supplemental] – Despite the name, all of the specimens show grown women. WHYYYYYY??
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUNDSAlso a service mark covering financial seminars for women.
GOD IS MY SAUCEAs a non-religious person, sometimes the religious trademarks puzzle me more than anything else.
HAPPY ENDINGSI put this one down in the “sexual stuff” section of the spreadsheet, even though I’m not sure. Lots of the specimens have splashy wet drops next to the words.
I’M THE GOSPEL.
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COMENope, not affiliated with the movie Field of Dreams.
LIFE IS A RIDE…..GO FAST!!Always nice to see someone using the rare five-dot ellipsis, especially combined with the double-exclamation!
LOS ANGELES 2028Owned by the US Olympic Committee.
LOVE IS GREATER THAN EVERYTHING
MAY CONTAIN SUNSHINE
ME SO HONEYOwned by Belching Beaver Brewery. Five stars for both names.
MILKED OUTTwo “milk” marks so far, this may be our theme for the week.
PLATFORM LIFE
PRODUCE THE LIFE YOU WANT
PROMISES AND LIESThis sounds like a new wave album from the ’80s.
PROUD CREATOR
RED DIRT GIRL
RIDING NAKEDNot sure if this is bikes or motorcycles or horses or what, but they all seem painful to ride naked.
SALTWATER GOSPEL
SAND TO THE BEACH
SEIZE THE DIYNot gonna lie, I don’t hate this play on words.
SIMPLY BLESSED
STARSHIP CREWSeems kind of generic. I’d get more specific, with a DISCO or RITOS shirt. 🖖
SWEET TITS [Supplemental] – It’s a … muffin company?
SWEETBUMP
THE DUDES
TRAILMAKER
TURTLE MANNow this superhero is more my speed. [ba-dum-tiss!]
UNDER APPRECIATED
WE THE PEEPSThis one’s a play on the US Constitution, and doesn’t appear to reference the marshmallow treats at all!

And in image marks for the week:

[IMAGE] – FUCK CANCER, where the C and K are replaced with a sideways support ribbon (Pardon the pixelated look; this is how it was uploaded to the USPTO!) I’ve seen quite a few designs along similar lines; make sure yours isn’t confusingly similar to this one!

FUCK CANCER stylized trademark with ribbon, serial 86852304

And this week also brought us these two American flags with 13 crosses instead of stars, with the same owner; one with the crosses in a grid, and the other with the crosses in an oval.  (Once again, religious content that I just don’t understand. But on the plus side, the images uploaded to the USPTO were huge and sharp!)

Two American flags with crosses in place of the stars.


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!)

BASEBALL CHICSI believe they meant “chicks” here; the specimen has a baby chicken playing baseball.
BASKETBALL CHICSAnd, uh, this one too.
BIG BELLY BEARD GANG
BUILT FOR IT
DIRTY WERK
ELEVATED LIFE
FISH LIKE A GIRLNot sad to lose something from the weirdly large “like a girl” section of the spreadsheet.
FOOTBALL CHICSUhhhh. This is hard to type, my fingers automatically type “chicks” every time.
IT’S A BOISE THING!So. Many. Possible. Jokes. Can’t decide.  Tempted to just blurt out “POTATOES,” but that’s the easy way out.
LAKE-CATION
LEAVE NO DOUBT
MILK MAKER [Supplemental] – More milk; I’ve seen this word far too many times today.
MY BLOCK MY HOOD MY CITY
NO ANCHOR
PRE-GAME MEAL
PUSHER
SOCCER CHICSENOUGH!
STICK WITH IT!Well, OK, I guess they did stick with their weird spelling of “chicks.”
SUPER CHARGED
THE SILLY SQUADThis appears to be a book series, so I’d still avoid using it.
THINK ABOUT IT
TOTALLY TWISTED
TRANCE
WORLD BIRD DAYI know a lot of holidays, but I don’t know this one. Maybe it’s also Bird Day (May 4)?

 


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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