What is the common thread woven through this mash-up of non-verbal trademarks? Yes, I continue to have yesterday’s post on my mind, they all signify vodka brands. Which ones do you recognize? Do you see the Grey Goose… Continue Reading
Last month William Lozito, over at Name Wire: The Product Naming Blog, reported on Twitter’s new bird logo, and the multitude of don’ts associated with the launch of it. Having so many don’ts seems a bit contrary to Twitter’s prior rather lax or laissez-faire approach to trademark enforcement,… Continue Reading
Which brand do you believe is better equipped to enjoy the benefits of using a non-verbal logo? In other words, which brand can more easily shed the words from the visual identity, in the hopes of joining the ranks of these likely famous non-verbal logos and brand signals? My answer below the jump.
You may recall about a year ago I did a post entitled "Delicious Trademarks: Candy Bar Cross-Section Trademarks?" I was reminded of this a couple of weeks ago when I snapped this photo, capturing what I believe to be the same point of sale display that inspired my original post: A couple of months ago I saw in a convenience store a large Snickers… Continue Reading
More on single color trademarks today. Eighteen months ago, Wolf Appliance obtained a federal trademark registration in connection with "a red knob or knobs" of "domestic gas and electric cooking appliances, namely, ranges, dual-fuel ranges, cooktops, and barbeque grills." Wolf put its registration to the test a couple of weeks ago in a federal trademark infringement… Continue Reading
I have heard that lightning only strikes once in the same place, but apparently that is only a myth. Indeed, the number of lightning bolt logos that have "hit" the mail room, over the years, at the U.S. Trademark Office appear to provide additional evidence for disproving the popular myth. So, what does that say, if anything, about the… Continue Reading
Can you name the owner of this exclamation mark branding signal? You may be surprised to learn it is federally-registered in the U.S. as a stand-alone non-verbal trademark. You may be even more surprised to learn, it was federally-registered without a showing of secondary meaning or acquired distinctiveness, because it was viewed as an inherently distinctive… Continue Reading
A couple of months ago I saw in a convenience store a large Snickers point-of-sale floor-display depicting a prominent and attention-getting cross-section of a Snickers candy bar. Given Mars’ apparent interest in owning and creating non-traditional trademark rights surrounding the Snickers brand (revisit Dan’s post from earlier this year), it made me wonder whether Mars might view (and want consumers to… Continue Reading