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 Post subject: Urban Homesteading®
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:27 pm 
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The Dervaes family of Pasadena was apparently granted a trademark on the phrase urban homesteading and has been sending out takedown notices and threatening legal action against anyone else using the term:

http://www.boingboing.net/2011/02/17/pa ... -enfo.html
http://www.boingboing.net/2011/02/18/oc ... es-fa.html

And the EFF has gotten involved, representing Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, whose book Urban Homestead was published a few years before the Dervaes family trademarked the phrase and whose Facebook page for the book was recently taken down after an infringement claim.

http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/02/ri ... complaints

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Homesteading®
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:30 pm 
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This is about as dumb as the Jeff Koons balloon dog trademark claims.


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 Post subject: Re: Urban Homesteading®
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:49 pm 
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Yeah. This is really ridiculous. You'd think their lawyer would have kept them from sending those letters. None of those uses were even close to an infringement of their trademark.


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 Post subject: Re: Urban Homesteading®
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:55 pm 
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I have a new life plan: register as trademarks phrases that I hate, and then force everyone using them to cease and desist.

I'm looking at you, Plant Strong™.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:58 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:07 pm 
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hoveringdog wrote:
I have a new life plan: register as trademarks phrases that I hate, and then force everyone using them to cease and desist.

I'm looking at you, Plant Strong™.


I think I preferred the knitting of hilarious dog outfits Life Plan™, but this one is pretty awesome too.

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Homesteading®
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:42 pm 
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What if I trademarked the trademark symbol, ™™?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:26 pm 
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Cease And Desist™

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Homesteading®
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:12 pm 
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That sounds like a good Lifehack™ H-Dog. Lets really Peel Back The Onion™ on that proposal.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:20 pm 
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But will it be Impactful® if we start trademarking everything. How will we Make it Pop®?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:23 pm 
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Well, no one else here has done it, so what if I trademarked Hoveringdog™? DCMA takedown winging its way to you, m'dear...

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Homesteading®
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:45 pm 
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Bang, If you trademark Footface™, you might make him cry...

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Homesteading®
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What if i trademark Footface™ AND 'has a blog'™? What then?

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Homesteading®
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:04 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Urban Homesteading®
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:12 pm 
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Just checked the USPTO, and Total Vegan, Vegan Queen, The Sexy Vegan, Vegan Vixen, Selfish Vegan, Virtuous Vegan, Angry Vegan, Absolute Vegan, Earth Vegan, Brooklyn Vegan, Vegan Barbarian, Vegan Diva, Vegan Babe, Californian Vegan, Pure Vegan, and The Veganist are all registered trademarks. Also, Veganfest, Vegan Peace, Vegan Chic, Go Vegan, and Vegan Living.

My favorite? "You're Not Vegan if You Swallow" is registered to a one Lindsey Amanda Patterson of Sierra Madre, California. I'm hoping she sees this, because I think that one requires some explanation.

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You have too much time on your hands, Hoveringdog™.

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 Post subject: Re: Urban Homesteading®
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:37 pm 
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It's not like I have something better to do with all these fancy graduate-level search skills.

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And aren't we are glad of it. Please never get a full-time job <3

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You could work on your interpretive dance.

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Hoveringdog™: A Life and Times™ of a Search in Vain™ The Interpretive Dance™


*jazz[D 781.65]hands*

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:03 pm 
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excellent name change sir.

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excellent name change sir.


I am going to sue his asparagus.

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foolish name change sir

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