After such an exciting election, I thought I'd have some fun with a blog post and highlight a few attempts to register trademarks pertaining to our President-elect that, for reasons shown below, were unsuccessful:
"BARACK STAR" – U.S. Trademark Application Serial No. 78/471,745 in IC 016 and 025 – This application was abandoned after the USPTO refused registration for false association because "the proposed mark consists of or comprises matter which may falsely suggest a connection with U.S. Senator Barack Obama" and "[a]lthough not connected with the goods or services applicant provides under the proposed mark, the name BARACK is so famous that consumers would presume a connection with Senator Obama."
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Following Mark's lead, I also found this mark for Gov. Palin [also offensive] and a host "joe the plumbers" including several actual plumbers.