Intellectual Property is a fascinating field so whenever I read about “artists” trying to get the rights to something or trademark something, I am intrigued.
In Time Magazine, I recently came across an article that just incensed me. Apparently there is a group of celebrities who are trying to trademark their words. Really? Has celebrity gotten to such a point that their mere utterances are worthy of protection lest someone inadvertently deprive them of a blessed cent? Below is a list of some recent applications for trademarks:
Taylor Swift – “‘Cause we never go out of style” and “this sick beat” (Still pending.)
Rachel Zoe – “I Die” (Never followed through.)
Paris Hilton – “That’s Hot” (Granted)
Donald Trump “You’re Fired” (Granted)
I supposed corporations have been trademarking slogans for years. But what does it mean when you trademark a phrase as a person. Can no one say that without owing you money? Or, can they just not say it?
According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, A trademark is a brand name. A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services.
There are 1,025,109 words in the English Language. When you write, you realize why there are so many words in the English language. Just any word won’t do when you are trying to express yourself. But even with this many words, sometimes still can’t find the right one. Can you imagine if some of these words are trademarked!
Terry Norton-Wright – “Fuck You” (Beginning application process. 🙂 ® ™