Trademark Infringement Over "Freedom Of Speech"

from the brilliant dept

This case isn’t really all that important in the scheme of things, but is worth posting for the sheer hilarity of it all. There’s a voice recognition company named Fonix that somehow got the trademark on “Freedom of Speech” (when used in relation to computers and voice recognition). They’re now accusing a small company of violating that trademark. The company itself goes by the name “Freedom of Speech” and sells some voice recognition products for the blind. The company has been in business for nine years (Fonix only got the trademark four years ago). It still comes across as odd to find out that (1) someone has a trademark on “Freedom of Speech” and (2) that you would ever see a lawsuit where someone is trying to restrict someone from using the term “Freedom of Speech”.

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