Happy Veterans’ Day!
And thank you to veterans everywhere for your service.
Here’s something that could be kind ofÂ cool for you random military history research type people: Today through November 14, Ancestry.com is allowing free access to the military records they have in their database or that they have access to, including old West Point applicant letters from some of the U.S. military’s greatest leaders. Could be a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
But for today, we’re going to spend a rainy afternoon talking about trademarking random phrases. (And if it’s not raining where you are, please feel free to participate anyway.)
In 2004, Donald Trump filed a trademark application for the catchphrase “You’re fired!”. The catchphrase apparentlyÂ so captivated the audience of Trump’sÂ reality show, The Apprentice, that Trump felt he could capitalize on it by trademarking it. There is no word on how much extra dough is rolling in to the Trump empire as a result.
Now, Nintendo, the makers of the classic video-game franchise, Donkey Kong,Â have filed a request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to trademark the phrase, “It’s on like Donkey Kong”.
I should probably reserve comment on that little tidbit, because IÂ think I’ve onlyÂ heard that phrase a total five times in my entire life, and I haven’t heard anyone say it in a decade. Does anyone use the phrase anymore? Perhaps they are trademarking it in an attempt to revive it.
But let’s get to your comments:
Do you ever say, “It’s on like Donkey Kong”? Should the U.S. Patent and Trademark office have to considerÂ these types of requests? Are they a waste of time?Â If you could trademark aÂ hackneyed/over-used/lazy/mildly humorous expressions to be your own, what would it be? What expression would you trademark for Skepchick?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.