I agree that this sucks and it's one of the worst examples so far of
somebody trying to ride the coattails of #ows, but wouldn't the phrase
fall under some kind of prior-usage provisions since there are already
things like the OWS Journal and occupywallst.org using the name?
On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM, felipe <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
apologies for the spammy nature of this post, but I would say this is
pretty close to an emergency. As a member of the digital strategy sub
working group, I would say we have a serious problem.
Two douches from Long Island have applied (Oct 18) to trademark
"Occupy Wall Street." I already submitted this to Legal, but honestly,
I think everyone needs to spread the word on this, ASAP. We need to
figure out how to derail this, file briefs, make noise online. Our
identity is getting hijacked and coopted, officially.
unbelievable. there was chatter about this about two weeks ago, some
people in Legal were like "it's not important, we shouldn't worry
about trademarking our brand, because we're not a brand. yeah, right.
messaging 101 - own your identity.