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->''"Paging through the movie's press kit, I came across this quote attributed to Creator/AmyJoJohnson, who plays Kimberly, the Pink Power Ranger: "''Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie'' is [[JustForFun/XMeetsY a mix between]] ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''." I wonder if Amy Jo actually said "TM" when she was delivering that wonderfully fresh and spontaneous quote, which is so much more involved than anything she says in the movie."''
-->--'''Creator/RogerEbert's''' [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19950630/REVIEWS/506300304/1023 review]] of ''[[Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie]]''

A humorous way to make Things™ stand out is to add Random UsefulNotes/{{Trademark}} Symbols® everywhere. May be used as a Social Commentary® on our increasingly homogenised, commercialised World®, but more often than not, done just because of the RuleOfFunny™. They can also be used in SarcasmMode (perhaps in conjunction with ScareQuotes) to passive-aggressively imply that something exists only as a concept™; for example, some people refer to "Global Warming™". Another sarcastic variation is to sprinkle TradeSnark over [[StrawmanFallacy your paraphrase of an opponent's position]] to imply that he's using the term in question as [[ConceptsAreCheap a meaningless buzzword®]].

For added Spice™, try adding Registered Trademark® and Copyright© Symbols®©™. (This is not actually how copyright™ works.)

And of course it's always fun to have characters with MediumAwareness™ compliment others on their expert use of the "™," especially if the copyright symbol appears on the word as written but not the word as spoken.

Compare StuckOnBandAidBrand for a similarly awkward attempt to acknowledge ownership of a brand, minus the LampshadeHanging. DisneyOwnsThisTrope is related; it's when you make a joke that a concept, especially one that ''shouldn't'' or ''couldn't'' belong to a company, is now a trademark.

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!!Examples™:

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[[folder:Advertising™]]
* There was an Intel radio ad where this was lampshaded -- one of the announcers mentioned "Intel(TM)", and the other commented, "Good use of the trademark symbol!"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga®]]
* ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' commonly has the sound effects trademarked.
* In one episode of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Fuyuki worries that Saburo might be a Man in Black. The [[FunWithSubtitles Gag Dubtitles]] are quick to point out, "Fuyuki is using [[TheMenInBlack the generic 'Men in Black,']] not the trademarked 'Film/MenInBlack™'."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Comic Books®]]
* The [=BEYOND=] Corporation© from ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}''.
* {{Deadpool}}™ had a ''field day'' with this.
--> And now Marvel has their very own Civil War™ -- do we have a ™? We are talking about trademark lawyers who once tried to put a ™ on the word ''Death''™, so...\\
It started with these NewWarriors® dweebs screwing up and making a bad guy named Nitro™ blow up and take a school in Stanford with him.
* Occasionally played straight in ComicBooks when someone will say the name of a character and the name appears as their logo in the SpeechBubble.
-->"Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman™!"
* More than one wag has pointed out that, for half a century, ComicBook/{{Robin}}® the Boy Wonder™ wore something that looked uncannily like a Registered Trademark symbol ''on his chest''.
* The shortlived, humorous Creator/{{Marvel}} comic ''What The?'' used this gag more than once.
* One issue of ''ComicBook/{{Normalman}}'' had a field day with this. Whenever a comic-book company's lawyers get skittish about protecting their intellectual property, you'll see a flurry of issues where little ™ or ® signs appear next to the main characters' names (and, sometimes, the main characters' ''vehicle'' names, e.g. "Batmobile™"). So, in the ''normalman'' issue in question, he put a ™ after ''everything''.
* The miracle plastic Boing® in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' -- great for trapping alien fiends of mass destruction!
* One issue of ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' involves Johnny meeting God™.
* One character -- mentioned but not seen -- in Creator/GrantMorrison's ''[[ComicBook/DoomPatrol Doom Force]]'' was named TM™.
* All over the place in ''ComicBook/AmericanFlagg''.
* In ''ComicBook/ReidFlemingWorldsToughestMilkman'', at a New Years Eve party, Reid gets trapped by a droning bore who starts explaining that he lives by thirty different principles. "They help me define my Head Space™".
* Some ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' comics have Homer using these in his speech bubbles.
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[[folder:Comic™ Strips®]]
* One ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip (March 23, 2014) has Peter playing an AllegedlyFreeGame titled "Candy™ Farm™ Dungeon™." This may be a reference to ''VideoGame/CandyCrushSaga'' and its attempt to trademark the word "candy."
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[[folder:Fan Works®]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ThoseLackingSpines'' has [[PurpleProse Overly Detailed Purple Description Mode]]™, as well other examples throughout the literature.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5377900/3/Vindication_of_an_Evil_Angel Vindication of an Evil Angel]]'', is a ''Anime/CodeGeass'' fanfic that has Suzaku using the GRIN™ on Lelouch.
* ''Fanfic/PartRightHalfWrongAThirdCrazy'', an ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic, brings us "Epic, life-altering journey®".
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1803569/1/This_Army_Life This Army Life]]'' has Sephiroth's Evil Smile™.
* From ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8941455/3/Magic-Winx-Fanfictionix Magic Winx! Fanfictionix!]]'' we have the Last Fairy of Earth™.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The Bronies use the phrase "Do Not Steal" like this when mocking poorly designed OriginalCharacters. It's even a [[http://derpibooru.org/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&sbq=do+not+steal&commit=Go tag]], along with the even ''worse'' "[[https://derpibooru.org/tags/donut+steel Donut Steel]]", on Derpibooru.
** In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/174671/2/seeking-power/chapter-one-archmage Seeking Power]]'', the Tradesnark is an actual spell. Fortunately, it hasn't been used much.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''™: "...with my all-new DUEL DISK SYSTEM! ...Trademark."
* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'': "Copyright {{Deadpool}}... Copy and I'll sue..."''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films™ -- Live-Action®]]
* ''Film/TheLoveGuru'':
** Guru Pitka uses these on advice-giving acronyms.
** And on the posters for the film itself, the title has a "TM" by it.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature™]]
* Used a lot in the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series, especially the '''Goliath'''™ Corporation ("for all you'll ever need™"), but also the Toast™ Marketing Board and others. In the Bookworld, there's the [=UltraWord=]™ story delivery system. (Earlier systems, such as BOOK 8.3 which the Bookworld returns to at the end of the novel, are not trademarked and are presumably open source).
* ''The Seems'', by John Hulme and Michael Wexler, features this on all devices used by residents and Fixers of the Seems.
* Creator/DaveBarry's book ''Dave Barry in Cyberspace'' features a RunningGag of referring to Microsoft's products (especially versions of Windows®©™) with trademark symbols after the names, including one long sequence in which other bizarre symbols are put after things, such as "Windows 95[[superscript:[[TakeThat BILLGATESISAWIENER]]]]."
* Will Ferguson's ''Happiness™'' is about a self-help book that actually works, turning people into happy zombies and making the publishing company so much money that they trademark the word "happiness".
* The {{Cyberpunk}} M. T. Anderson. novel ''Literature/{{Feed}}'' has Clouds™ and School™.
* One page at the end of the ''Literature/PrincipiaDiscordia'' uses a circled K (similar to that used to mark Kosher products, but in this case standing for "Kallisti") followed by the phrase "All Rites Reversed", to indicate that it was being released into public domain. Which was (alongside the ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' trilogy, itself inspired by the ''Principia Discordia'') part of the inspiration for acidhouse band Music/TheKLF (aka Kopyright Liberation Front, aka K Foundation, aka The JAMS) and some of their more controversial work.
* ''"The words [=ScreeWee=] (tm), Empire (tm) and Mankind (tm) are registered trademarks of Gobi Software, Tibet."'' -- Creator/TerryPratchett, ''Literature/OnlyYouCanSaveMankind''
* The sequel to Daniel Suarez' ''Literature/{{Daemon}}'', titled ''Freedom™''
* ''Literature/TheUnidentified'' by Rae Mariz has intouch® (basically an iPhone) and notebook®. Considering the book takes place in a school in a mall owned by a corporation, consumerism is a big theme.
* ''Literature/TheToughGuideToFantasyland'' puts a superscript OMT (Offical Management Term) on words or phrases that are, in the author's opinion, particularly overused in [[ExtrudedBookProduct Extruded Fantasy Product]].
* ''Literature/AmericaTheBook'' has a number of [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute "Were You Aware?"]] facts in the margins, but what pushes it into this territory appears midway through.
-->'''Were You Aware?''' ''That the term'' Did You Know? ''is copyrighted by another publisher?''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV™]]
* On an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Howard uses Google Street View to find the location of the set of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel''. He reacts, "God bless you, Google Street View Registered Trademark!"
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'':
** The last line of Creator/StephenColbert's "[[ChristmasSongs Another Christmas Song]]" is "Copyright Stephen Colbert!"
** He occasionally adds "Trademark" after made-up words, with one note directed specifically at [[Creator/FoxNewsChannel Fox News]] stating that he held the copyright on the phrase "No Fact Zone".
* A serious employment of Trade Snark from ''Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann'': in one of his Special Comments, the host refers to the way the September 11 attacks are used as a fear-mongering tactic by politicians, to the point where it is nothing more than a product used to win votes. Throughout the comment, Olbermann drives it into our minds by referring to the attacks as "9/11(tm)" over and over.
* Jackson Stewart and Oliver Oken of ''Series/HannahMontana'' ended their (in)famous cheese jerky rap with "Sizzlin' Stewart & Smokin' Oken Enterprises. Patent pending." Also, Rico owns the North American rights to his [[{{Catchphrase}} catch phrases]] "Hey-O!" and "Muahahahaha!"
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120916234609/http://cybusindustries.net/index.html tie-in website]] for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Cybus]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel Industries]] includes an [[http://web.archive.org/web/20120916234534/http://cybusindustries.net/lumic.htm interview with John Lumic]] which is dotted with ®s, ©s and ™s, including [[MegaCorp Cybus Industries]]©, [[EverythingIsOnline Cybusnet]]™, [[UnwillingRoboticisation Upgrade]]™, [[TheSleepless Sleep Replacement System]]® and [[OneNationUnderCopyright Czechoslovenia]]™.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music®]]
* The Groovegrass Boyz, a country music/funk band, released ''Groovegrass® 101 featuring the Groovegrass Boyz™''.
* The interstitial tracks of the Music/PDQBach album ''Two Pianos Are Better Than One'' play the role of an [[ForInconveniencePressOne automated touch tone service]] called "Inter-Ear [=TelecommuniCulturePhone=]™." The trademark symbol is pronounced every time, represented by a recording of Schickele cheerily saying "Trademark!" shifted up to chipmunk pitch.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pinballs™]]
* An EnforcedTrope in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Every single piece of Spider-Man art on the backglass and playfield is accompanied by a Trademark symbol. It becomes rather annoying when trying to admire the artwork.
* Also enforced in Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', where every mention of "bionic" is accompanied by a trademark symbol.
-->'''Steve Austin:''' Red alert! Full BIONIC™ power!
* In ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz'', all of the characters' names are accompanied by TM symbols, resulting in status messages like "Dorothy™ Captured!"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling®]]
* The WWF (Wrestling/{{WWE}}) No Mercy manual (and probably others) had a TM symbol for every superstar (wrestler) mentioned in the opening blurb. As in: "Matt Hardy™ went on to fight Christian™..."
** "All World Wrestling Entertainment programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the [[http://www.wwe.com/help/generalfaq/copyright exclusive property]] of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries."
** According to a minor wrestler just starting, the entire reason that Vince [=McMahon=] has them take face names: so he can own the name and persona.
* When appearing in WWE, Wrestling/DavidHeath initially wrestled under the name Gangrel™, a character in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and a trademark of WhiteWolf. Cue WWE flashing the trademark upon returning from commercial every time Gangrel was about to appear.
* TheIncredibleHulk [[HulkHogan Hogan]] gained ire from Marvel, and, under the threat of a lawsuit, the WWE had to pay residuals to Marvel every time the name was used. Pointedly, when Hogan went to the WCW, he quickly changed his character to "Hollywood Hogan", presumably because TBS wasn't thrilled about paying.
* It appears often in other materials; the TabletopGame ''Know Your Role'' also has scattered trademark symbols on various wrestlers. It's not omnipresent, but it's likely to show up when a group are listed.
* Hilariously, the wrestler Steve Borden actually owns the trademark for his ring name Wrestling/{{Sting}}. The musician of the same name has to pay Steve whenever he performs in the U.S. However, Sting the wrestler is very reasonable about it and the fee is extremely low (around $1 and the occasional ticket).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games®]]
* The old gamer legend that back in the day of their apparently short-lived ''IndianaJones'' role-playing game, TSR (then-owners of [[DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]) actually claimed a trademark on the term "[[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]]".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' has Professor Tesla's Electrical Protective Device (pat. pending).
* Also used in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', with one secret society using "The Force is with us, Tee-Em" as part of its recognition symbol. And then there's the Semantics Control firms, which actively try to inflict this upon everyone in Alpha Complex (leading to much hilarity and no small number of weapons discharges).
* A supplement for the ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' {{mockbuster}} ''Vampire: Undeath'' claimed a trademark on, of all things, "Realistic Fiction". Needless to say, commentators had [[SnarkBait a lot of fun]] with this.
* Games Workshop's Lord of the Rings models have trademarks accompanying all character names on the boxes, which is perfectly justifiable considering they don't own the rights to the characters as they're producing the game on license from New Line Cinema. Doesn't make it any less silly when an article on White Dwarf includes said trademark includes said trademarks every time they mention Bilbo™ or Gandalf™. They seem to have caught on on how silly it looks so later issues have just written the names in italics.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games®]]
* ''[[VideoGame/ImOK I'm O.K - A Murder Simulator]]'' had the final boss [[spoiler: a giant ([[SuperMarioBros Mario]])]] with a trademark symbol hanging in mid air next to him at all times.
* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games have them in the dialog text, but not the voice acting in the later games. Some characters seem to notice their presence even so; in ''Escape from Monkey Island'', a lawyer complements Guybrush on "Nice use of the ™" in Melee Island™. Even Guybrush says the word "™" [[spoiler:while he summons his wife Elaine to the Flotsam Island Courthouse]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland''.
* ''VideoGame/EveOnline'':
** CCP hf is known for having patches that will be released "Soon™". And not just patches: planetary interaction, atmospheric flight, walking in stations, and numerous other promised features have been coming Soon™ for years. Even admittedly unfinished COSMOS sites have agents handing you missions with the helpful and in-depth description of "Soon™".
** The symbol for one of the factions -- [[http://eve.wikia.com/wiki/Caldari_State Caldari State]] -- is a giant ©-Symbol
* Soon™ shows up in other [=MMOs=] as well. When players ask Creator/BlizzardEntertainment employees about when something long anticipated in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' will be released, one of the most common responses is "[[BlatantLies Soon™]]" Lampshaded by the developers for Blizzard Dota where the game is advertised to be realeased "Soon''ish''™", with the voice-over annoyed saying ''"Seriously"''.
* It shows up on ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' forums, as well. One of the bluenames made a [[http://my.lotro.com/user-34/2010/09/13/a-brief-history-of-time-according-to-sapience/ list]] over all the various trademarks used, which details the difference between a patch arriving Soon™, "Soon", Soon, soon, and other similar trademars. Most of which, of course, [[MathematiciansAnswer doesn't give you any clue whatsoever to how long you'll have to wait for the patch.]]
* From a HaveANiceDeath sequence in the VGA remake of ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest I'':
-->'''Scott:''' Let's run that one again with the aid of our new How-He-Blew-It Cam (TM) and Chalkboard (TM). I have to say that carefully, Mark. Every time we mention something with a trademark or copyright, the lawyers come out to feed.
* ''Videogame/ANightmareOnElmStreetNES'': FREDDY'S™ COMING!
-->'''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd:''' Oh God! Is Freddy coming? He sure is!
* ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'': The subtitles for the speech of Goats shows that they trademarked slightly misspelled versions of every other word. The most important one is "Melk™", which they use as a drug for some reason.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has some of this in the game, but it mostly shows up in the promotional material.
-->''Asbestos Is Harmless!™''
* Tends to be used to a ridiculous degree in a lot of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' lisenced games: the characters in character select screens often have trademark symbols after their names. Good thing it doesn't carry over to dialogue or their lifebars...
* In the DOS game ''Contraption Zack'', the title hero introduces himself with:
-->'''Zack:''' Hey guys! How's it going? My name is Zack©™
* Every time someone mentions the term RPG in ''VideoGame/{{Segagaga}}'', there's a disclaimer that pops out to tell us that "[=RPG=]s are a trademark of [[NamcoBandai Bandai]]" [[note]]Allegedly a [[TakeThat jab]] to Bandai's unsuccessful attempt [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope to trademark the acronym]].[[/note]]
* The [[Creator/NamcoBandai Namco Museum]] {{Compilation Rerelease}}s on the PlayStation was originally five volumes, each represented on the cover as a letter from Namco's logo: N, A, M, C, and O. When Namco Museum Encore was later released on the same system, Namco followed the previous pattern by having the boxart be the ® from the Namco logo.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheStanleyParable The Stanley Parable Adventure Line]]''™ has the ™ symbol stuck on in the closed captions every time It™'s mentioned.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Animation™]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has Sbemailiarized Entertainment™ © ® [[RunningGag LLC,,.]] Esq., which becomes Sbemailiarized Entertainment™ © ® LLC,,. GQ and Sbemailiarized Entertainment™ © ® LLC,,. FHM.
* ''WebAnimation/RetardedAnimalBabies'' blows this out the window in episode 3. Matt Groening says that he is here to prevent RAB from out-grossing his "vastly superior Simpsons©®™©®©©®©™™©©™™™™™™ movie. (Make sure subtitles are on.)"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics™]]
* On the website ryansheppard.com the main comic is known as TM(tm) being a parody of this trope even though there are no actual trademarks on the name but some are pending.
* The ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' home page used to take the snark approach with their notice of copyright (still legally binding), but it was revised to a more standard approach with the mid-2011 site redesign.
* The "{{Technobabble}} Box™" series from ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer''.
* Done almost gratuitously throughout ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'': Mommy Relaxation Time™
* ''Webcomic/PrincessPi'' introduces Pi's archival as, "Princess Ip!® Princess Pi's greatest enemy!™"
* One of the Royal Sides in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is actually named Hobbittm, with "tm" being part of the word, as a parody of the Tolkien Estate's zealous enforcement of their right (and particularly their trademarking of the word "hobbit").
* ''Webcomic/YumeHime'': From the [[http://yumehi.me/comics/14 Page 13]] author's notes.
-->"...Depression, alienation, and other such Serious Issues™ will come to play a big role in this comic."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original™]]
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder''®: the Curse of Repetition™ has been trademarked by twin.
* [[http://bash.org/?246624 This]] bash.org quote.
* In ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'', Tropers/{{Thande}}'s all-purpose suggestion to solve any problem is "Daring Commando Raid™"
* [[http://www.screwattack.com/shows/originals/screwattack-top-10s/top-ten-worst-fighting-games ScrewAttack's list of Worst Fighting Games Ever]] says "Batman (trademark) and Superman (trademark)" during ''Justice League Task Force''.
* Charlie from [[http://www.youtube.com/user/charlieissocoollike Charlieissocoolike]] does this constantly regarding the phrase "What I decided to do." He pronounces the ™ Tee Em.
* [[http://forum.rpg.net/showpost.php?p=12510203&postcount=160 This]] [=RPGnet=] forum post. [=RPGnet=] threads on Palladium Books get this treatment a lot.
* HellfireCommentaries:
** This exchange from ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD]]'' playthrough, describing the race against Metal Sonic:
--->'''Tom:''' And don't forget Robotnik is chasing you with a Death Laser™.\\
'''FTA:''' [laughs]\\
'''Tom:''' And if you get caught by that, the Death Laser--\\
'''FTA:''' ™.\\
'''Tom:''' --you will die.\\
'''FTA:''' ™.\\
'''Tom:''' Yes, I trademarked death; that's right.\\
'''FTA:''' [[RuleOfThree ™.]]
** Also, during the DramaticReading of the ''[[Creator/DCComics Total Justice]]'' [[MerchandiseDriven miniseries]], every mention of 'Fractal Tech Gear' is followed by an interjection of 'trademark' by Helldragon.
* Hardcore™: We'll probably get modded for this.
* ''WebVideo/RedLetterMedia'': Mr. Plinkett does use this to great effect on his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9QThD0r3hZg#t=313s Attack of the Clones Review]]. He also uses it in his Avatar review.
* The ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' doesn't bother with a lot of trademark and copyright symbols, but Phase routinely puts the trademark and copyright symbols on every (mythical) Goodkind Industries product that gets mentioned, in large part because he is one of the Goodkinds.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation™]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Krusty the Clown example:
--->'''Campers:''' We will always love Kamp Krusty / A registered trademark of the Krusty Korporation / All rights reserved!
** The episode "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em" features a scene showing some of the items Marge has made practicing woodwork. One of them is a sign which reads "The Simpsons (in the show's trademark font) © 20th Century Fox".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** Momcorp apparently holds the trademarks on "screen door" and "love", among other words.
** The Nimbus's laser cannon has a maximum power setting labeled Hyperdeath™.
** Trespassers will be "deathsecuted™"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bat-signal]] appears in the air, with a "TM" quickly flying up next to it.
* From the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' videotape "You Will Buy This Video":
-->'''Brain:''' Join me, as I gleefully lead you on a journey of the mind, courtesy of my latest invention... [[HypnoticHead HypnoVision]]!\\
'''Pinky:''' Trademark, Brain?\\
'''Brain:''' Yes, Pinky. Trademark.
* Bucky Bailey's Bully Buckers™ in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Butterballs" is pronounced, verbatim, "Bully Buckers, trademark," [[InsistentTerminology every single time]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life™]]
* "The expression "Literature/BreakfastOfChampions" is a registered trademark of UsefulNotes/GeneralMills, Inc. for use on a breakfast cereal product. The use of the identical expression as the title for Creator/KurtVonnegut's book is not intended to indicate an association with or sponsorship by General Mills, nor is it intended to disparage their fine products." In this case, this note wasn't needed since trademarks are limited in the type of products they can apply to. While the limits can be vaguely defined, no court would consider this an infringement. However, both companies most likely settled an arrangement just in case (as seen commonly in copyright with fair use cases), which probably included adding that notice to the book.
* In a dismaying example from RealLife, [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney's]] catchphrase. And the names of his friends. ''Super-dee-Duper™, Baby Bop™!''
* Back when UsefulNotes/{{UNIX}} was first released as a commercial product in 1983, AT&T started insisting that people refer to it as "the UNIX(tm) Operating System" or something similar to that. People on {{Usenet}} almost immediately started referring to the OS as "UN*X" as a subtle TakeThat, and there was even one BSD-based product called [[SdrawkcabName "MT XINU"]] whose advertising included such things as a BSD-powered [[StarWars X-Wing]] rocketing away from [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything an AT&T logo wreathed in flames.]] This became less popular after AT&T sold off the UNIX group in the mid-1990s.
** Ironically, during the late 1990s, the OpenSource Unix clone Linux ran into trademark trouble when a random troll named William Della Croce secured the trademark and attempted to shake down the community for usage rights. Della Croce disappeared back into the woodwork when the trademark was revoked and reassigned to Linus Torvalds himself. Around the same time, some people on Usenet and web forums started replacing "UN*X" with "*n?x", a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glob_(programming) filename pattern]] that matches both "Unix" and "Linux".
** Thanks to a lot of software cross-compatibility, operating systems like Linux, BSD forks, and Mac's Mach/BSD kernel have become known as "*NIX" platforms.
** AT&T was so notorious for this that more than one paper included (in the page one footnotes on trademarks) a statement like "and UNIX, although not mentioned in this paper, is a registered trademark of AT&T."
* Another Creator/RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090623/REVIEWS/906239997 example]], from his review of ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen]]'': "The dialog of the Autobots®, Decepticons® and Otherbots® is meaningless word flap."
* Numerous A-list porn stars have their names (or, more accurately, their stage names) trademarked. This is disconcerting enough, but particularly weird in the case of alt-porn star Stoya, whose stage name is no more than a clipped form of her real last name.
* Tell him that's silly to Creator/HarlanEllison, who actually ''did'' register his name as a trademark.
* Real estate agents in the National Association of Realtors must be called [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: REALTORS ]]
®. Yes, with all caps.
* The word spam only refers to unsolicited emails. In order for it to be the canned meat product, it must be [[http://www.spam.com/about/internet.aspx SPAM®.]]
* Remember: This image has been [[http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressmaterials/pdfs/photoshop_guidelines_pr.pdf manipulated by Adobe® Photoshop® software]].
* ''Any'' reference to UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup on Creator/{{ESPN}} is written as "World Cup™". Even on the ticker or lower-thirds, regardless.
* As a ShoutOut to ThisVeryWiki, [[http://www2.macleans.ca/category/blog-central/arts-culture-blog/tv-guidance/ TV critic Jaime Weinman]] always adds a ™ and usually capitalizes the word Trope™ whenever he uses it.
* [[http://www.curtisgotslappedbyawhiteteacher.com/ "Curtis Got Slapped by a White Teacher"]]. Not an example of actual snark, as the document seems to be genuine (though it must be seen to be believed). Ms. Bowen probably intended to ''trademark'' her son's name and her own (as if that weren't strange enough), but she has instead ''copyrighted'' them; this may result from her apparent belief, as stated in the letter's opening paragraph, that one's children are one's "intellectual property". (A perusal of the entire document, however, reveals that a discrepancy in nomenclature is the ''least'' of this woman's problems.)
* Creator/DaveBarry parodied this in his book "In Cyberspace" when talking about Windows 95 and Microsoft.
* Music/{{Beyonce}} and Music/JayZ decided to ''[[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/beyonce-jay-z-baby-gwyneth-paltrow_n_1265921.html trademark their baby's name.]]''
* @ your library® is a registered trademark of the American Library Association. "The Campaign for America's Libraries can only be a success if libraries across the country-and across the world-use the trademark consistently [[http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/publicawareness/campaign%40yourlibrary/prtools/downloadlogos/trademark_use_policy in accordance with the following guidelines]]."
* There was a lot of snark over the heavy-handed way the London Organising Commitee for the Olympic Games™ claimed trademark not just of the London Summer Olympics 2012™ but of Summer 2012™ and London 2012™, in any contexts.
* "Anti-consumerist collective" [[http://www.rtmark.com ®™ark]].
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