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Monday, November 7, 2011

Wall Street Protesters, Others Rush Trademark Office

“In recent weeks, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has received a spate of applications from enterprising merchandisers, lawyers and others seeking to win exclusive commercial rights to such phrases as ‘We are the 99 percent,’ ‘Occupy’ and ‘Occupy DC 2012.’ Organizers of the protest centered in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park went so far as to file for a trademark of ‘Occupy Wall Street’ after several other applications connected to the demonstrations were filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.” (Washington Post)

Someone can really own those words?

FEE Timely Classic
“Intellectual Property: Silly or Sinister?” by David K. Levine