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11th Jun '17 1:27:16 PM nombretomado
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* If you like association football (soccer in the US), please be reminded that there isn't a world championship. You have to call it the FIFA [[TheWorldCup World Cup]].

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* If you like association football (soccer in the US), please be reminded that there isn't a world championship. You have to call it the FIFA [[TheWorldCup [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]].
16th May '17 8:59:48 PM karstovich2
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* [[BigApplesauce The New York City Subway]] has trademarked some, but not all of its lettered train services and, of course, all of the circular route bullets seen on signs and merchandise. This has the effect of preventing other transit agencies from labeling their services in a similar manner so, for example, you will only ever ride an F Train Brand Train in New York City.

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* [[BigApplesauce [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkSubway The New York City Subway]] has trademarked some, but not all of its lettered train services and, of course, all of the circular route bullets seen on signs and merchandise. This has the effect of preventing other transit agencies from labeling their services in a similar manner so, for example, you will only ever ride an F Train Brand Train in New York City. (In fairness to the MTA, the system it uses is tightly linked to the unique structure of the Subway--an amalgam of 3 different networks using two different building standards and running their networks through a small set of tunnels in Manhattan.)
16th May '17 8:55:45 PM karstovich2
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** This only applies in the US, UK, and France, where Bayer lost the trademark on "Aspirin" after World War I. In the rest of the world the generic name is "acetylsalicylic acid".

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** This only applies in the US, UK, and France, where Bayer lost the trademark on "Aspirin" after World War I.I as a form of reparations. In the rest of the world the generic name is "acetylsalicylic acid".
10th Apr '17 4:55:08 PM Midna
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* {{Transformers}} brand action figures from Hasbro don't transform; they ''convert''. Seriously. There is an official edict from Hasbro [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Trademark#Genericized_trademarks regarding printed materials]]; toy packaging, advertising materials, etc. Transformers-brand action figures from Hasbro "convert" or "morph" or "change" between forms. Why, if the mere act of converting from one form to another was all it took to be a "transformer," then by gum, the term would become meaningless and applicable to any old space fantasy robot that can change between multiple configurations!
** Truer than you think. If "Transformer" becomes a word like "xerox," trying to keep the name their own could become ''legally problematic.'' The last thing they (and fans too, actually) want is [-brand x-] '''TRANSFORMER''' [-robots-] to be something anyone can make and market. It ''has'' happened before.

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* {{Transformers}} Toys/{{Transformers}} brand action figures from Hasbro don't transform; they ''convert''. Seriously.''convert''. There is an official edict from Hasbro [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Trademark#Genericized_trademarks regarding printed materials]]; toy packaging, advertising materials, etc. Transformers-brand action figures from Hasbro "convert" or "morph" or "change" between forms. Why, if the mere act of There's a good reason for this: If converting from one form to another was all it took to be a "transformer," then by gum, the term would become meaningless and applicable to any old space fantasy robot that can change between multiple configurations!
** Truer than you think. If "Transformer" becomes a word like "xerox,"
configurations, making trying to keep the Transformers name their own could become ''legally problematic.'' The last thing they Hasbro (and fans too, actually) want wants is [-brand x-] '''TRANSFORMER''' [-robots-] to be something anyone can make and market. It ''has'' happened before.
19th Mar '17 3:31:48 PM nombretomado
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** And, of course, when PaulSimon wrote and recorded the song "Kodachrome" in 1975, the record labels and album covers were careful to point out that "Kodachrome® is a registered trademark for colored film."

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** And, of course, when PaulSimon Music/PaulSimon wrote and recorded the song "Kodachrome" in 1975, the record labels and album covers were careful to point out that "Kodachrome® is a registered trademark for colored film."
16th Mar '17 9:00:17 AM MarsJenkar
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** For Frosted Flakes, at least, it's justified - generic/store brand knockoffs are almost always also called "Frosted Flakes."

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** For Frosted Flakes, at least, it's justified - generic/store brand knockoffs are almost always also called "Frosted Flakes."" Also justified with "Raisin Bran", which both Post and Kellogg's have a version of.
14th Mar '17 2:19:25 PM zeldafanjtl
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* What do you call that folding pocket knife with the different blades and tools and the tiny tweezers and the plastic toothpick that always gets lost? Swiss Army Knives? Only if it's made by Victorinox or Wenger, the two companies that actually have a contract to sell [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin folding pocket knives to the Swiss Army]]. Their ArmyOfLawyers has been known to go after any other company selling similar knives by that name. Swiss ''style'' pocket knives are OK though.

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* What do you call that folding pocket knife with the different blades and tools and the tiny tweezers and the plastic toothpick that always gets lost? Swiss Army Knives? Only if it's made by Victorinox or Wenger, the two companies that actually have a contract to sell [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin folding pocket knives to the Swiss Army]]. Their [[JustForPun Swiss]] ArmyOfLawyers has been known to go after any other company selling similar knives by that name. Swiss ''style'' pocket knives are OK though.
17th Nov '16 4:53:32 AM mimitchi33
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* ''Tater Tots'' are a brand name owned by in America.

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* ''Tater Tots'' are a brand name owned by Ore Ida in America. America.
* "Hello, my name is Crispy, how do you do? Crispy Critters Cereal's entirely new!"
31st Jul '16 2:08:59 PM nombretomado
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* DCComics and MarvelComics famously hold a joint trademark on the terms "Super Hero" and "SUPER HEROES"[[labelnote:]]note the space and capitalization[[/labelnote]], so that in practice no other facilities are allowed to use the term to advertise (or similarly title their products) in related situations. Legally, they own bupkis except lawyers. They "bought" the word from Mego Toys. But they're both so sue-happy that no-one dares (or can afford to) challenge them.

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* DCComics Creator/DCComics and MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics famously hold a joint trademark on the terms "Super Hero" and "SUPER HEROES"[[labelnote:]]note the space and capitalization[[/labelnote]], so that in practice no other facilities are allowed to use the term to advertise (or similarly title their products) in related situations. Legally, they own bupkis except lawyers. They "bought" the word from Mego Toys. But they're both so sue-happy that no-one dares (or can afford to) challenge them.
13th Jul '16 9:53:54 PM KYCubbie
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** To show that corporate greed knows no bounds, the NFL actually tried to trademark "The Big Game" in 2006 but withdrew the application a year later, mainly due to opposition from Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, as their football teams have competed in the annual "Big Game" since 1892.

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** To show that corporate greed knows no bounds, the NFL actually tried to trademark "The Big Game" in 2006 but withdrew the application a year later, mainly due to opposition from Stanford University and the [[InsistentTerminology University of California at Berkeley, California, Berkeley]], as their football teams have competed in the annual "Big Game" since 1892.
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