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NY Couple Tries to Trademark 'Occupy Wall Street'

Arrests from Occupy Wall Street
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Bringing intellectual property protectionism to a new level of absurdity, someone has applied to trademark 'Occupy Wall Street.'

From The Smoking Gun:

Citing the potential of “Occupy Wall Street” to become a “global brand,” a Long Island couple has filed to trademark the name of the amorphous organization responsible for the protests and encampments in lower Manhattan and other U.S. cities, The Smoking Gun has learned.

In a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) application, Robert and Diane Maresca are seeking to trademark the phrase “Occupy Wall St.” so that they can place it on a wide variety of goods, including bumper stickers, shirts, beach bags, footwear, umbrellas, and hobo bags.


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