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MorganWick
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09:43:19 PM Nov 13th 2012
Randal may still have a point if the company in question hasn't lost the copyright yet. It's entirely possible for someone to overlook a box of "tissues" because they were looking for "Kleenex".
ArcadesSabboth
10:41:21 AM Jan 17th 2013
While the second paragraph is actually pretty interesting, I'm not sure it belongs in the description. It should probably be moved to Analysis.
Atz
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09:13:43 PM Nov 20th 2011
"* Ramen (instant noodles) in the US."

Any American tropers know if this is actually a brand name? I though it was just derived from the Japanese noodle dish, which isn't a trademark or brand.
Worldmaker
06:29:33 AM Nov 21st 2011
Yes, its an actual brand in the United States.
shastab24
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10:52:03 PM Jul 20th 2011
"•Superhero (super-powered, costumed crimefighters in comic books; this word is jointly trademarked by Marvel and DC Comics. Though "super hero" and "super-hero" are free for anybody to use, which sorta defeats the purpose.) "

I believe this is inverted. It was my assumption that Marvel and DC own the trademark for "super hero" and "super-hero", but not "superhero". Note that all media by the companies uses the two-word versions. Meanwhile, Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, which was not run by either of those companies, uses the single-word version.
MikeRosoft
02:33:21 PM Dec 31st 2012
According to Wikipedia, Marvel and DC own a trademark for "SUPER HEROES" and derivatives thereof. The term "superhero" has been attested since 1917, well before the founding of Marvel and DC.
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