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20th Jun '18 1:43:55 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* Mojang AB, creators of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', have been involved with a [[http://kotaku.com/5847295/mojang-v-bethesda-part-2-the-attorneys-and-notch--pete-weigh-in trademark dispute]] with Zenimax Media, the parent company of [[Creator/{{Bethesda}} Bethesda Softworks]], creators of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, over Mojang's attempt to trademark the use of the word "scrolls" in the title of ''VideoGame/{{Scrolls}}'' (and related merchandise). Bethesda claimed that doing so would infringe on their ''Elder Scrolls'' trademark. Both sides were essentially attempting to play this trope trope straight in their favor. (The case would be settled, allowing ''Scrolls'' to use the word in its title, but not in any sequels or spin-offs.)

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* Mojang AB, creators of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', have been involved with a [[http://kotaku.com/5847295/mojang-v-bethesda-part-2-the-attorneys-and-notch--pete-weigh-in trademark dispute]] with Zenimax Media, the parent company of [[Creator/{{Bethesda}} Bethesda Softworks]], creators of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, over Mojang's attempt to trademark the use of the word "scrolls" in the title of ''VideoGame/{{Scrolls}}'' ''Scrolls'' (and related merchandise). Bethesda claimed that doing so would infringe on their ''Elder Scrolls'' trademark. Both sides were essentially attempting to play this trope trope straight in their favor. (The case would be settled, allowing ''Scrolls'' to use the word in its title, but not in any sequels or spin-offs. However, in 2018, Mojang decided to rename ''Scrolls'' to ''VideoGame/CallersBane'', rendering all previous arguments moot.)
20th Jun '18 1:35:04 PM rjd1922
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', the Aperture Science instructional videos reveal that they've trademarked the word "evacuation" and the phrase [[BlatantLies "asbestos is harmless!"]]
6th Jun '18 6:28:41 AM Malachi108
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* ''Small Beans'' (a group of former ''{{Website/Cracked}}'' contributors) has a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpWELUfjOKI&list=PLghELjfG88YEk5AieuuBw40UVrnD8GJvn Disney Owns You]] sketch series, with the premise of Disney acquiring various properties over the years.
28th May '18 6:02:37 AM PaulA
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* Disney tried to stop release of a 1986 Filmation animated film, ''Animation/PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight'' and Fox's animated series ''Peter Pan and the Pirates'', claiming Pinocchio and Peter Pan as intellectual properties. Understandable for the former, since Filmation came clean that their ''Pinocchio'' was indeed intended as an unofficial sequel to [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} the Disney version]], not [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio the original literary work]]. Nevertheless, when Disney subsequently sued Filmation for copyright infringement, but they lost the suit as the original ''Pinocchio'' story was written by Carlo Collodi and is in the public domain. ''Peter Pan and the Pirates'', however, was based off the original books.

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* Disney tried to stop release of a 1986 Filmation animated film, ''Animation/PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight'' and Fox's animated series ''Peter Pan and the Pirates'', ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'', claiming Pinocchio and Peter Pan as intellectual properties. Understandable for the former, since Filmation came clean that their ''Pinocchio'' was indeed intended as an unofficial sequel to [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} the Disney version]], not [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio the original literary work]]. Nevertheless, when Disney subsequently sued Filmation for copyright infringement, but they lost the suit as the original ''Pinocchio'' story was written by Carlo Collodi and is in the public domain. ''Peter Pan and the Pirates'', however, was based off the original books.
27th Apr '18 9:10:52 AM Midna
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** [[http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/meet-the-nice-guy-lawyers-who-want-1000-per-worker-for-using-scanners/ A law firm is representing a company that has a patent for scanning and saving it electronically]]. It's an ongoing battle.
*** This appears to have been at least partially resolved, with the [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/11/07/ftc_patent_troll_settlement_mphj_charged_with_deceptive_sales_claims_and.html FTC slapping the trolls with a complaint.]]

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** [[http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/meet-the-nice-guy-lawyers-who-want-1000-per-worker-for-using-scanners/ A law firm is representing once represented a company that has allegedly had a patent for scanning and saving it electronically]]. It's an ongoing battle.
*** This appears to have been at least partially resolved, with the
The FTC [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/11/07/ftc_patent_troll_settlement_mphj_charged_with_deceptive_sales_claims_and.html FTC slapping eventually slapped the trolls with a complaint.]]



*** For that matter, the first Mighty Mouse cartoon has an ordinary mouse locked in a supermarket, bathing in super soap and eating super cheese, to become . . . [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Super]] .. no, the hastily renamed Mighty Mouse!

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*** For that matter, the first Mighty Mouse cartoon has an ordinary mouse locked in a supermarket, bathing in super soap and eating super cheese, to become . . . become [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Super]] ..Super]]... no, the hastily renamed Mighty Mouse!



** Funnily enough, [[http://info.abril.com.br/noticias/mercado/inpi-confirma-marca-iphone-para-gradiente-13022013-22.shl Apple DOESN'T have the rights to use the name "iPhone" in Brazil]]. The brazilian company Gradiente registered the name in 2000, when it planned to develop a cell phone with internet access ("internet phone"). Because Apple only wanted to register the name in 2007, the National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI) decided that Gradiente would have the rights to use it since they asked first.
*** Apple also doesn't have the rights to use the name "iPhone" in China, as it is a trademark for leather products. Apple has been fighting a legal battle with the company that owns this trademark since 2012.
** [[http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-ipad-design-patent-2012-11 Apple owns the design for rounded corner-shaped electronic devices]] and [[http://gizmodo.com/5950690/apples-latest-slide+to+unlock-patent-basically-prevents-other-phones-from-dragging-anything-around-a-lock-screen slide to unlock]] (though this one was invalidated in Germany).

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** Funnily enough, [[http://info.abril.com.br/noticias/mercado/inpi-confirma-marca-iphone-para-gradiente-13022013-22.shl Apple DOESN'T have the rights to use the name "iPhone" in Brazil]]. The brazilian Brazilian company Gradiente registered the name in 2000, 2000 when it planned to develop a cell phone with internet access ("internet phone"). Because Apple only wanted to register the name in 2007, the National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI) decided that Gradiente would have the rights to use it since they asked first.
*** ** Apple also doesn't have the rights to use the name "iPhone" in China, as it is a trademark for leather products.products there. Apple has been fighting a legal battle with the company that owns this trademark since 2012.
** [[http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-ipad-design-patent-2012-11 Apple owns the design for rounded corner-shaped oblong-shaped electronic devices]] devices with rounded corners]] and [[http://gizmodo.com/5950690/apples-latest-slide+to+unlock-patent-basically-prevents-other-phones-from-dragging-anything-around-a-lock-screen slide to unlock]] (though this one was invalidated in Germany).



** They also filed a patent for photos on a white background, as made rather infamous by a segment of ''Series/TheColbertReport''. In practice, the patent will likely only apply to an extremely specific photography setup, making it essentially useless.
* Gulf+Western, one-time owner of Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures, was once parodied on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' as the "Engulf+Devour" corporation, because "We own everything... and if we don't own it, we will."
** This was also done by Creator/MelBrooks in ''Film/SilentMovie''... and rather subtly in ''Film/{{Tunnelvision}}'' (specifically, though the name "Engulf+Devour" is never spoken in this one, a movie being reviewed by [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Gene Scallion]] early on is said to be from 20th Century-Paramount, and as Paramount was owned by Gulf+Western at the time...)

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** They also filed a patent for photos on a white background, as made rather infamous by a segment of ''Series/TheColbertReport''. In practice, the patent will likely only apply applies to an extremely specific photography setup, making it essentially useless.
* Gulf+Western, one-time owner of Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures, was once parodied on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' as the "Engulf+Devour" corporation, because "We own everything... and if we don't own it, we will."
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This was also done by Creator/MelBrooks in ''Film/SilentMovie''... and rather subtly in ''Film/{{Tunnelvision}}'' (specifically, though the name "Engulf+Devour" is never spoken in this one, a movie being reviewed by [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Gene Scallion]] early on is said to be from 20th Century-Paramount, and as Paramount was owned by Gulf+Western at the time...)



** BTW, [=SmileyWorld=] would like to remind you:



* Walmart tried to trademark their smiley face, but failed due to it being too generic. They have since changed their logo to an asterisk-like starburst they call "The Spark". They brought back the smiley face, but use it in conjunction with The Spark now.

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* Walmart tried to trademark their smiley face, but failed due to it being too generic. They have since changed their logo to an asterisk-like starburst they call "The Spark". They later brought back the smiley face, but only use it in conjunction with The Spark now.Spark.



** Similarly, Donald Trump tried to trademark ''Series/TheApprentice'' EliminationCatchphrase "You're fired!" So has a former contestant whom he fired. The application was turned down.

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** Similarly, * Donald Trump tried to trademark ''Series/TheApprentice'' EliminationCatchphrase "You're fired!" So has did a former contestant whom he fired. The application was Both applications were turned down.



** Likewise, the New England Patriots attempting to trademark "19-0" prior to Super Bowl XLII, something that the rest of the sporting world refuses to let them live down. In fairness, the preemptive copyrighting was probably necessary, as less than a year earlier, the Colorado Rockies coined the term "Rocktober" and then had to pay a lot to buy the mark from some entrepreneur who jumped on it immediately.

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** Likewise, the * The New England Patriots attempting attempted to trademark "19-0" prior to Super Bowl XLII, something that the rest of the sporting world refuses to let them live down. In fairness, the preemptive copyrighting was probably necessary, as less than a year earlier, the Colorado Rockies coined the term "Rocktober" and then had to pay a lot to buy the mark from some entrepreneur who jumped on it immediately.



** UT also holds trademarks on [[http://susansternberg.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/ut-logo.jpg their logo]]. This especially became a problem after a local business owner created a "Saw 'Em Off" image, which depicted the logo with the horns missing. Nearly ten years passed before UT really caught on (even though they had been wearing it to games). A new logo was introduced with just enough "fixes" to avoid lawsuits. [[http://viz.cwrl.utexas.edu/files/s72g0z2n.gif (image)]].

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** UT also * The University of Texas holds trademarks on [[http://susansternberg.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/ut-logo.jpg their logo]]. This especially became a problem after a local business owner created a "Saw 'Em Off" image, which depicted the logo with the horns missing. Nearly ten years passed before UT really caught on (even though they had been wearing it to games). A new logo was introduced with just enough "fixes" to avoid lawsuits. [[http://viz.cwrl.utexas.edu/files/s72g0z2n.gif (image)]].



** Speaking of the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, the NFL has a trademark on the name of that event, forbidding advertisers and media outlets from using it without explicit permission and forcing them to resort to generic-sounding terms such as "The Big Game". (The league, apparently determined to prove its greed and lust for power knows no limits, has also attempted to trademark the phrase "The Big Game", though they backed down after a huge public backlash.[[labelnote:*]]the fact that the phrase already refers to [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball another annual football game]], which predates not only the Super Bowl also ''the NFL itself'', probably had something to do with said reaction.[[/labelnote]])
*** Which led to a number of amusing commercials from companies mocking them for it.

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** Speaking of the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, the * The NFL has a trademark on the name of that event, "UsefulNotes/SuperBowl", forbidding advertisers and media outlets from using it without explicit permission and forcing them to resort to generic-sounding terms such as "The Big Game". (The league, apparently determined to prove its greed and lust for power knows no limits, has also attempted to trademark the phrase "The Big Game", though they backed down after a huge public backlash.[[labelnote:*]]the fact that the phrase already refers to [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball another annual football game]], which predates not only the Super Bowl also ''the NFL itself'', probably had something to do with said reaction.[[/labelnote]])
*** Which
[[/labelnote]]) There's also the NFL's infamous "You can watch the game, but you can't talk about it" statement. This led to a number of amusing commercials from companies mocking them for it.it:



*** And ''Series/TheColbertReport'' famously used LoopholeAbuse by calling it the "Superb Owl."
*** And a [[http://adage.com/article/creativity-pick-of-the-day/muppets-live-tweeting-super-bowl/291435/ teaser]] for Franchise/TheMuppets' Toyota commercial in the 2014 Bowl had Scooter try to say "Super Bowl" but get interrupted by something or other, followed by more LoopholeAbuse with SelfDemonstrating/SwedishChef rendering it as "the Sfërndy Bøøm".
** There's also the NFL's infamous "You can watch the game, but you can't talk about it" statement.
** Somewhat conversely, the original logo of the Jacksonville Jaguars had to be changed because it was too similar to the logo for Jaguar Cars Ltd.

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*** And ** ''Series/TheColbertReport'' famously used LoopholeAbuse by calling it the "Superb Owl."
*** And a ** A [[http://adage.com/article/creativity-pick-of-the-day/muppets-live-tweeting-super-bowl/291435/ teaser]] for Franchise/TheMuppets' Toyota commercial in the 2014 Bowl had Scooter try to say "Super Bowl" but get interrupted by something or other, followed by more LoopholeAbuse with SelfDemonstrating/SwedishChef rendering it as "the Sfërndy Bøøm".
** There's also the NFL's infamous "You can watch the game, but you can't talk about it" statement.
** Somewhat conversely, the
* The original logo of the Jacksonville Jaguars had to be changed because it was too similar to the logo for Jaguar Cars Cars, Ltd.



* Chicago area broadcaster Bob Sirott trademarked "OJ TV" during OJ Simpson's first major trial. He trademarked it because he didn't want anyone to use it.
** Though, in reality, if you don't use a trademark, you lose ownership of it.
** In the US, at least, you only have to defend it (such defense may be determined to require actual use, depending on the nature of the mark and the filed usage) and file a periodic maintenance action with the USPTO.

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* Chicago area broadcaster Bob Sirott trademarked "OJ TV" during OJ Simpson's first major trial. He trademarked it trial because he didn't want anyone to use it.
** Though, in reality, if you don't use a trademark, you lose ownership of it.
** In the US, at least, you only have to defend it (such defense may be determined to require actual use, depending on the nature of the mark and the filed usage) and file a periodic maintenance action with the USPTO.
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* Oleg Teterin, president of the Russian mobile ad company Superfone, has trademarked this: :) and this ;) and because of the similarity doctrine used in trademark law, all other smiley emoticons created by using punctuation marks. He says he won't go after private individuals who use emoticons in email and such, but will hunt down and sue companies who do. The actual chances of him holding on to the trademark are very, very slim.

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* Oleg Teterin, president of the Russian mobile ad company Superfone, has trademarked this: :) ":)" and this ;) ";)", and because of the similarity doctrine used in trademark law, all other smiley emoticons created by using punctuation marks. He says he won't go after private individuals who use emoticons in email and such, but will hunt down and sue companies who do. The actual chances of him holding on to onto the trademark are very, very slim.



* So has the "glissando followed by the words A T and T" been registered as a sound mark.

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* So has the The "glissando followed by the words A T and T" has been registered as a sound mark.



* The ''Columbia Journalism Review'' and other journalism journals often run ads from major companies (particularly Coca-Cola, Xerox and Johnson and Johnson) imploring reporters and writers to shy away from the use of brand names as generic terms.
** In this, they ''do'', surprisingly, have a point, as both "Aspirin" and "Cellophane", which were originally trademarks, were ruled to have been abandoned [[BrandNameTakeover because of their widespread acceptance as generic terms.]] Also laundromat and escalator.
* CBS Corporation (''Franchise/StarTrek'') has a registered trademark on the words, "USS Enterprise". Never mind the first USS ''Enterprise'' was an armed sloop of the U.S. Continental Navy in 1775 and numerous U.S. Navy ships up to the present.
** Paramount, the previous owners, had tried suing the Navy to keep them from selling items with the words "USS Enterprise" on them.
** As of this writing the Aircraft carrier CVN-65 USS ''Enterprise'' has been retired and its replacement the CVN-80 USS ''Enterprise'' isn't scheduled for launch until 2025. Time will tell if CBS will contest the rights to the name.

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* The ''Columbia Journalism Review'' and other journalism journals often run ads from major companies (particularly Coca-Cola, Xerox and Johnson and Johnson) imploring reporters and writers to shy away from the use of brand names as generic terms.
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terms. In this, they ''do'', surprisingly, have a point, as both "Aspirin" words such as "aspirin", "cellophane", "laundromat", and "Cellophane", "escalator", which were originally trademarks, were ruled to have been abandoned [[BrandNameTakeover because of their widespread acceptance as generic terms.]] Also laundromat and escalator.
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* CBS Corporation (''Franchise/StarTrek'') has a registered trademark on the words, words "USS Enterprise". Never mind the first USS ''Enterprise'' was an armed sloop of the U.S. Continental Navy in 1775 and numerous U.S. Navy ships up to the present. \n** Paramount, the previous owners, had tried suing the Navy to keep them from selling items with the words "USS Enterprise" on them.
** As of this writing the Aircraft carrier CVN-65 USS ''Enterprise'' has been retired and its replacement the CVN-80 USS ''Enterprise'' isn't scheduled for launch until 2025. Time will tell if CBS will contest the rights to the name.
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* A barely-known fact- the word "tremolo" for many years was a trademark of the Fender company-others used the term "vibrato arm" instead. (Which is ironic, as the word "tremolo," as used to describe the pitch-changing mechanism on a guitar, is incorrect - "tremolo" refers to a variation in ''volume'', not pitch - and so the other companies ''without'' the trademark ended up with the use of the correct word.)

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* A barely-known fact- the barely known fact: The word "tremolo" "tremolo", for many years years, was a trademark of the Fender company-others company (others used the term "vibrato arm" instead. (Which is ironic, as instead). Ironically, the word "tremolo," "tremolo" as used to describe the pitch-changing mechanism on a guitar, guitar is incorrect - "tremolo" incorrect--"tremolo" refers to a variation in ''volume'', not pitch - and pitch--and so the other companies ''without'' the trademark ended up with the use of the correct word.)



* In a German fanfiction community called [[http://www.fanfiktion.de Fanfiktion.de]], the use of the world "Lichtbändiger" (translates to: [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Lightbender]]) was forbidden, due to an company producing sunglasses under that name threatening to sue the website. Cue unleashing of the fury of a lot of Avatar fanfic writers, who had to change their stories.

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* In a German fanfiction community called [[http://www.fanfiktion.de Fanfiktion.de]], the use of the world "Lichtbändiger" (translates to: [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Lightbender]]) ("[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Lightbender]]") was forbidden, forbidden due to an a company producing which produced sunglasses under that name threatening to sue the website. Cue unleashing of the fury of a lot of many, many Avatar fanfic writers, who had to change their stories.



** Nestlé also attempted to sue a Danish family company (which existed long before they took up their trademark), which produce chocolate, but with a Danish family name, that you would have to squint your eyes very hard together, to even think it spelled out Nestlé.
* Infamous in the video game industry is the 1982 ''Creator/{{Universal}} City Studios, Inc. v. Creator/{{Nintendo}} Co., Ltd.'' lawsuit, where Universal claimed that Nintendo's ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' was a violation of their ownership of ''Film/KingKong''. After several months of Universal refusing to officially seek legal proceedings, instead simply trying to get Nintendo to agree to a settlement without litigation, a lawyer working for Nintendo discovered that not only did Universal not own the trademark rights to ''Film/KingKong'', but that they themselves had argued in the past that the character was in the public domain. The court case officially declared in 1984 that the character VideoGame/DonkeyKong could not be confused with Film/KingKong, and that while Universal Studios owned the majority of rights (with the remainder being divided between creator Richard Cooper, Creator/RKOPictures, and the Dino De Laurentiis company), they did not hold exclusive rights to the name and character as they had claimed. This court case win against one of the biggest movie studios in the world placed the then-"young"[[note]]Though the company is OlderThanRadio, at this point in time they had only been in the the video game industry for about decade, and in the United States marketplace for less than five years[[/note]] Nintendo in the "Don't Mess with Us" category. Nintendo went on to thank the lawyer that helped them win the case by hiring him as their main consul in America and naming [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} a certain character]] after him. That said, part of Universal's desire in all this was to have a top-notch video game company to make licensed games for their films. After failing to get Nintendo, Universal bought Creator/LJNToys: a company most well-known through the numerous WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd videos covering their horrid video game library. On a side note, Nintendo and Universal [[HilariousInHindsight would work together]] almost thirty years later to create a series of theme parks.
* In 1975, Creator/{{NBC}} unveiled its new logo, a stylized letter "N" formed from two trapezoids, for which it had spent $750,000 to hire a graphics firm to design, print all-new stationery, etc. As it turned out, Nebraska Educational Television was already using an almost identical logo (which had cost ''them'' only $100 to create). In order to be able to keep the new logo, NBC settled with Nebraska Educational Television by providing them with equipment and cash worth over $850,000.
** NBC would eventually combine the N with their second 11-feathered peacock design. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1979_NBC_logo.svg]]

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** Nestlé also attempted to sue a Danish family company (which existed long before they took up their trademark), which trademark). While it does produce chocolate, but with chocolate under a Danish family name, that you would you'd have to squint your eyes very pretty hard together, to even think it spelled out Nestlé.
resembles "Nestlé" in any way.
* Infamous in the video game industry is the 1982 ''Creator/{{Universal}} City Studios, Inc. v. Creator/{{Nintendo}} Co., Ltd.'' lawsuit, where Universal claimed that Nintendo's ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' was a violation of their ownership of ''Film/KingKong''. After several months of Universal refusing to officially seek legal proceedings, instead simply trying to get Nintendo to agree to a settlement without litigation, a lawyer working for Nintendo discovered that not only did Universal not own the trademark rights to ''Film/KingKong'', but that they themselves had argued in the past that the character was in the public domain. The court case officially declared in 1984 that the character VideoGame/DonkeyKong could not be confused with Film/KingKong, and that while Universal Studios owned the majority of rights (with the remainder being divided between creator Richard Cooper, Creator/RKOPictures, and the Dino De Laurentiis company), they did not hold exclusive rights to the name and character as they had claimed. This court case win against one of the biggest movie studios in the world placed the then-"young"[[note]]Though the company is OlderThanRadio, at this point in time they had only been in the the video game industry for about decade, and in the United States marketplace for less than five years[[/note]] Nintendo in the "Don't Mess with With Us" category. Nintendo went on to thank the lawyer that helped them win the case by hiring him as their main consul in America and naming [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} a certain character]] after him. That said, part of Universal's desire in all this was to have a top-notch video game company to make licensed games for their films. After failing to get Nintendo, Universal bought Creator/LJNToys: a company most well-known through the numerous WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd videos covering their horrid video game library. On a side note, Nintendo and Universal [[HilariousInHindsight would work together]] almost thirty years later to create a series of theme parks.
* In 1975, Creator/{{NBC}} unveiled its new logo, a stylized letter "N" formed from two trapezoids, for which it had spent $750,000 to hire a graphics firm to design, print all-new stationery, etc. As it turned out, Nebraska Educational Television was already using an almost identical logo (which had cost ''them'' only $100 to create). In order to be able to keep the new logo, NBC settled with Nebraska Educational Television by providing them with equipment and cash worth over $850,000.
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$850,000. NBC would eventually combine the N with their second 11-feathered peacock design. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1979_NBC_logo.svg]]



* Just as silly is another German comedian, Mario Barth. He trademarked one of his slogans ("Nichts reimt sich auf Uschi" - "Nothing rhymes [the name] Uschi", a play on the easily found rhyme "Muschi" [pussy]). So far so good, but unbeknownst to him the very same slogan had been used 20 years ago (albeit not trademarked) and printed on shirts by other comedians. He tried to sue people sporting those old shirts for copyright infringement.
* The [[http://www.digitaldeliftp.com/LookAround/advertspot_cocacola9.htm distinctively contoured Coke bottle]] is trademarked to The Coca-Cola Company. They spent a lot of time designing a bottle that would be both instantly recognizable as a Coca-Cola container, nor mistakable as anything ''but'' a Coca-Cola bottle (''and'' wouldn't fall over; the original designs were unstable). Notice that even the plastic two-liter bottles of Coca-Cola (and other Coke Company products) resemble the famous contour bottle, while every other brand's two-liter bottles look alike, particularly plain, straight edges.

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* Just as silly is another German comedian, Mario Barth. He trademarked one of his slogans ("Nichts reimt sich auf Uschi" - "Nothing rhymes with [the name] Uschi", a play on the easily found rhyme "Muschi" [pussy]). So far so good, but unbeknownst to him the very same slogan had been used 20 years ago (albeit not trademarked) and printed on shirts by other comedians. He tried to sue people sporting those old shirts for copyright infringement.
* The [[http://www.digitaldeliftp.com/LookAround/advertspot_cocacola9.htm distinctively contoured Coke bottle]] is trademarked to The Coca-Cola Company. They spent a lot of time designing a bottle that would be both instantly recognizable as a Coca-Cola container, nor mistakable as anything ''but'' a Coca-Cola bottle (''and'' wouldn't fall over; the original designs were unstable). Notice that even the plastic two-liter bottles of Coca-Cola (and other Coke Company products) resemble the famous contour bottle, while every other brand's two-liter bottles look alike, particularly in having plain, straight edges.



* "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons D'oh!]]" is trademarked by 20th Century Fox.
** In a hilarious showing of Hypocritical Humor, ''The Simpsons'' once invoked this trope using the phrase, when a character portrayed as a lawyer for Disney tells Homer that they own the exact note he always uses with the phrase.
* Creator/GamesWorkshop owns copyright for the term "SpaceMarines" and various other things relating to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
** They also claim ownership of a large amount of terms ranging from the specific (Tzeetch and Cadian, for example) to the more everyday (Epic and Inferno). They also claim the Double Headed Eagle motif, despite the fact that was in use by various nations ''nearly a millennium ago''.
** Perhaps the oddest thing about all this is that they were [[http://www.whalliance.com/forums/showthread.php?t=326733 encouraging certain sites beforehand]].
** They didn't start trying to beat people up with their lawyers until said lawyers had to deal with the infamous Saul Zaentz, who owned the film, stage, and merchandise rights to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (and who sued Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival's John Fogerty for plagiarizing himself, and was essentially the largest the reason it took Creator/PeterJackson almost a decade to finally be allowed to adapt ''Literature/TheHobbit'' after doing the LotR movies).
* Wonderfully inverted by UsefulNotes/EurovisionSongContest winner Dima Bilan (born as Dmitry), who changed his legal name so he matched his artistic name to avoid claims of ownership of the second by his late producer's family.

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* "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons D'oh!]]" is trademarked by 20th Century Fox.
**
Fox. In a hilarious showing fit of Hypocritical Humor, HypocriticalHumor, ''The Simpsons'' once invoked this trope using the phrase, when a character portrayed as a lawyer for Disney tells Homer that they own the exact note he always uses with the phrase.
* Creator/GamesWorkshop owns copyright for the term "SpaceMarines" and various other things relating to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
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40000}}''. They also claim ownership of a large amount of terms ranging from the specific (Tzeetch and Cadian, for example) to the more everyday (Epic and Inferno). They also claim Inferno), and the Double Headed Eagle motif, despite the fact that was in use by various nations ''nearly a millennium ago''.
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ago''. Perhaps the oddest thing about all this is that they were [[http://www.whalliance.com/forums/showthread.php?t=326733 encouraging certain sites beforehand]].
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beforehand]]. They didn't start trying to beat people up with their lawyers until said lawyers had to deal with the infamous Saul Zaentz, who owned the film, stage, and merchandise rights to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (and who sued Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival's John Fogerty for plagiarizing himself, himself,), and was essentially the largest the reason it took Creator/PeterJackson almost a decade to finally be allowed to adapt ''Literature/TheHobbit'' after doing the LotR movies).
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* Wonderfully inverted Inverted by UsefulNotes/EurovisionSongContest winner Dima Bilan (born as Dmitry), who changed his legal name so he matched his artistic name to avoid claims of ownership of the second by his late producer's family.



* In ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', Wonderella ''weaponized'' this trope when she tricked Santa Claus (who was trying to kill her because she killed him) into getting trapped in the Disney vault. ''Jesus'' was horrified by that.

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* In ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', Wonderella ''weaponized'' ''weaponizes'' this trope when she tricked tricks Santa Claus (who was is trying to kill her because she killed him) into getting trapped in the Disney vault. ''Jesus'' was is horrified by that.this.



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'''Skinner:''' [[BondOneLiner Copyright ... expired.]]

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'''Skinner:''' [[BondOneLiner Copyright ...Copyright... expired.]]



-->'''BHL:''' Mr. Simpson, I represent the estate of Charles Chaplin. I have here a court document ordering an immediate halt to this unauthorised impersonation. Boys!\\

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-->'''BHL:''' Mr. Simpson, I represent the estate of Charles Chaplin. I have here a court document ordering an immediate halt to this unauthorised unauthorized impersonation. Boys!\\



*** And again after Grandpa stands under a streetlamp, saying "Goodnight, Mrs Bouvier. Wherever you are."
-->'''BHL:''' Mr. Simpson, I represent the estate of Jimmy Durrante. I have here a court document ordering an immediate halt to this unauthorised impersonation. Boys!\\

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*** And again after Grandpa stands under a streetlamp, saying "Goodnight, Mrs Mrs. Bouvier. Wherever you are."
-->'''BHL:''' Mr. Simpson, I represent the estate of Jimmy Durrante. Durante. I have here a court document ordering an immediate halt to this unauthorised unauthorized impersonation. Boys!\\



** In the episode "The Day the Violence Died", where the original creator of Itchy successfully sues the animation company for copyright infringement, the studio gets its money back when they sue the Post Office for using the character of Mr. Zip, which they claimed was a rip-off of one of their founder's stick-figure mailman character.
* In the BackStory for the film ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', the Buy n Large Corporation has trademarked North. You know... the direction? Its part of their "Directional Marketing" program.

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** In the episode "The Day the Violence Died", where when the original creator of Itchy successfully sues the animation company for copyright infringement, the studio gets its money back when they sue the Post Office post office for using the character of Mr. Zip, which they claimed was claim is a rip-off of one of their founder's stick-figure mailman character.
* In the BackStory for the film ''WesternAnimation/WallE'', the Buy n Large Buy-N-Large Corporation has trademarked North. You know... the direction? Its It's part of their "Directional Marketing" program.



* Parodied in WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy when Stewie shares his Halloween candy with Brian and they're forced to use several BlandNameProduct knockoffs instead of the well known brands.
--> '''Stewie''': God I hate television...

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* Parodied in WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. when Stewie shares his Halloween candy with Brian and they're forced to use several BlandNameProduct knockoffs instead of the well known brands.
--> '''Stewie''': God God, I hate television...television.



--> '''Carter:''' Oh damnit, that was Fox News. Apparently they own the rights to Hitler's likeness and they won't have him slandered.

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--> '''Carter:''' Oh damnit, that Oh, dammit. That was Fox News. Apparently Apparently, they own the rights to Hitler's likeness and they won't have him slandered.
27th Apr '18 8:12:39 AM Midna
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* This is slightly exaggerated reaching the point of {{Tradesnark}} during the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' event of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyRecordKeeper'': anything even ''remotely'' related to ''Kingdom Hearts'' displays a (C) Disney somewhere--because ''Disney'' owns ''Kingdom Hearts'', not Square Enix.[[note]]While the ''Final Fantasy'' characters featured in ''Kingdom Hearts'' are obviously still property of Square Enix, everything else is property of Disney--including ''Kingdom Hearts'' original characters like protagonist Sora.[[/note]]

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* This is slightly exaggerated reaching the point of {{Tradesnark}} during the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' event of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyRecordKeeper'': anything even ''remotely'' related to ''Kingdom Hearts'' displays a (C) Disney somewhere--because ''Disney'' owns ''Kingdom Hearts'', not Square Enix.[[note]]While the ''Final Fantasy'' and ''The World Ends With You'' characters featured in ''Kingdom Hearts'' are obviously still property of Square Enix, everything else is property of Disney--including ''Kingdom Hearts'' original characters like protagonist Sora.[[/note]]
27th Apr '18 8:12:14 AM Midna
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** Nintendo also patented the D-Pad in the form of a cross-shaped button. This is the reason why all of SEGA's and Microsoft's systems had circular D-pads and the [=PlayStations=] have four buttons arranged in a cross in their place. However, the patent expired in the mid-2000s, thus the Xbox One controller has a proper D-pad.

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** Nintendo also patented the D-Pad in the form of a cross-shaped button. This is the reason why all of SEGA's and Microsoft's systems had circular D-pads and the [=PlayStations=] have four buttons arranged in a cross in their place. However, the patent expired in the mid-2000s, thus the Xbox One controller has a proper D-pad. This may also explain why the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch is the first console they've put out to completely lack any kind of D-Pad, having four directional buttons in its place.
20th Apr '18 1:58:36 PM nanakiro
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* Averted with Lego bricks. The patent for the bricks expired long ago, and Lego has so far been unsuccessful in their efforts to trademark their iconic 2x4 brick, hence why you'll find very similar brands of construction sets like Mega Blocks on the market. Hasn't stopped Lego from trying to take legal action against them time and time again, though.

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* Averted with Lego bricks. The patent for the bricks expired long ago, and Lego has so far been unsuccessful in their efforts to trademark their iconic 2x4 brick, hence why you'll find very similar brands of construction sets like Mega Blocks Bloks on the market. Hasn't stopped Lego from trying to take legal action against them time and time again, though.
17th Apr '18 4:21:01 AM jormis29
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* Look at any [[ProfessionalWrestling wrestling show]] or [[WrestlingGame video game]] before 2007 featuring Wrestling/HulkHogan and you'll see somewhere that Hulk, Hulkster, and Hulkamania are owned by Creator/MarvelComics. Fitting since Terry Bolea started using the name Hulk after appearing on a radio show with Lou Ferrigno and the host noted that Terry was "bigger than [[TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]]." (In 2007, Hogan got the trademark rights to his own ring name and associated names, which are now owned by his own Hogan Holdings Ltd)

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* Look at any [[ProfessionalWrestling wrestling show]] or [[WrestlingGame video game]] before 2007 featuring Wrestling/HulkHogan and you'll see somewhere that Hulk, Hulkster, and Hulkamania are owned by Creator/MarvelComics. Fitting since Terry Bolea started using the name Hulk after appearing on a radio show with Lou Ferrigno Creator/LouFerrigno and the host noted that Terry was "bigger than [[TheIncredibleHulk The Hulk]]." (In 2007, Hogan got the trademark rights to his own ring name and associated names, which are now owned by his own Hogan Holdings Ltd)
12th Apr '18 6:47:09 AM Vilui
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* Just as silly is another German comedian, Mario Barth. He trademarked one of his slogans ("Nichts reimt sich auf Uschi" - "Nothing rhymes [the name] Uschi", a play on the easily found rhyme "Muschi:pussy"). So far so good, but unbeknownst to him the very same slogan had been used 20 years ago (albeit not trademarked) and printed on shirts by other comedians. He tried to sue people sporting those old shirts for copyright infringement.

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* Just as silly is another German comedian, Mario Barth. He trademarked one of his slogans ("Nichts reimt sich auf Uschi" - "Nothing rhymes [the name] Uschi", a play on the easily found rhyme "Muschi:pussy")."Muschi" [pussy]). So far so good, but unbeknownst to him the very same slogan had been used 20 years ago (albeit not trademarked) and printed on shirts by other comedians. He tried to sue people sporting those old shirts for copyright infringement.



** In a hilarious showing of Hypocritical Humor, The Simpson's once invoked this trope using the phrase, when a character portrayed as a lawyer for Disney tells Homer that they own the exact note he always uses with the phrase.

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** In a hilarious showing of Hypocritical Humor, The Simpson's ''The Simpsons'' once invoked this trope using the phrase, when a character portrayed as a lawyer for Disney tells Homer that they own the exact note he always uses with the phrase.
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