Friday, September 22, 2006

Oh Trademark! My Trademark...your fearful trip is done!

A radio station operating from Lincoln, NE and owned by Clear Channel Communications ® has stopped using the pronoun MY because someone already owns that mark; read about it here.


photo: © martin@party-mania.nl

Doing a quick little search at the USPTO popped up a registered trademark for MY for radio broadcasting services:

Registration Number: 1535807


Mark (words only): MY


Registration Date: 1989-04-18


International Class: 041
Class Status: Active

RADIO BROADCASTING SERVICES

Basis: 1(a)

First Use Date: 1986-04-30
First Use in Commerce Date: 1986-04-30


To check it out, go to the USPTO's
Status page and enter the registration number.

The listed owner is George R. Francis, founder and CEO of AmCom General Corporation, the prior owner of the MY trademark. AmCom went through a series of purchases & sales, even once being technically owned by Clear Channel, the very company that owns the radio station in Lincoln, NE that has had to stop using MY! Phew. Check out the history here.

This just goes to show that there are twists & turns when it comes to trademarks.


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