A whole bunch of folks have sent in variations on this story of how some guy, who started selling various products (DVDs and such) marketed around the phrase "power hour," (based on the well-known drinking game called "power hour") was able to get himself a trademark on the term.
He's been using this trademark to bully others who have used the very, very generic phrase "power hour" in various projects, including musician Ali Spagnola
, who created 60 one-minute "power hour" songs to go along with the drinking game, and the website PowerHourHQ
, which is devoted to the drinking game. Apparently, the guy with the trademark, Steve Roose, has been sending around cease & desist letters, demanding the removal of all content that mentions "power hour." Anyway, seems like there should be a decent drinking game around these types of stories on Techdirt since we get so many these days...