This is a quick summary of my recent posts and an update about trademark applications on my watch list.
Faleena Hopkins created hoopla over COCKY prosecution of Romance and Erotica authors in what appears to have been an attempt to promote her Cocker Brothers series of books. Her trademarks are pending cancellation. She’s still in court, and resolution could take a year. The entire publishing industry might be watching to see what happens.*
While #cockygate is trending, one of Hopkins author friends filed five standard character marks for his series titles. One of those was for THE DESTROYER. Read more about that in “A Ridiculous Expansion to CockyGate“.
The last I checked* someone has a letter of protest in progress. (*You can check, too, using the USPTO serial number, 87954851, for “The Destroyer” in CockyBot’s Coordinate LoP tool.)
For “More Cocky Trademarks: Weird Stuff“… I’ve got nothing new. The company appears to be burying their intentions of WEIRD FANTASY and WEIRD SCIENCE in word muck. No one has yet filed a letter of protest or linked a draft to CockyBot.
The BIG Distraction in CockyGate makes me want to cry. I just can’t right now.
Let’s see… other concerning applications…? “Watching Out for Dicks in CockyGate” (which used to say “Dragons”, but I wanted a more accurate title) revealed #RebellionGate. Here’s “A Subversive Thought: No One Owns ‘Rebellion’“. I’m tempted to call that application “The Kitchen Sink Rebellion”–seriously, WTF is up with that use list?
The good news! Yesterday, USPTO wrote that a letter of protest against the REBELLION application has been accepted.
What else…? Oh! “STORYTELLERS“.
Is this is a weird attempt at doxing or an experiment? It’s hard to believe an individual (who has a surprisingly common among software designers…) would willingly use a personal address to claim a non-existent brand in a public record.
— Acin Fals (@shadowfals) June 23, 2018
Looks like we can expect a daily dose of WTF?
Key: Acronyms and Legal Jargon
Trademark: a brand name. The USPTO notes,
A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services.
Standard character marks: A trademark consisting of standard characters without claim to any particular font style, size, or color. That means all the examples in the following image would fall under the same trademark of “Storytellers”.
*Firebrand Publishing sums up the first eight months well in “#cockygate Cocky Author Creates Commotion in the Publishing Community“.