James Bond's Gun Gets A Trademark… Based On An Online Survey

from the can-we-also-vote-against-it? dept

Apparently the maker of the gun preferred by (yes, fictional) James Bond has been able to get a trademark on the design, as “James Bond’s weapon of choice.” The USPTO initially rejected the trademark request, leading the company, Walther, who makes the PPK handgun, to do an online survey that suggested 54% of gun owners recognized the gun, with some of them mentioning James Bond in explaining how they recognized it. Apparently this online survey was enough to convince the USPTO that it had made a mistake. Who knew that the USPTO could so easily be influenced by online surveys? Can we have 4chan or Reddit folks stuff the ballot on future online surveys that might influence USPTO rulings?

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Jason says:

yeah, but...

it is the only trademark to come across your desk in, like forever, that actually seems to pass the consumer confusion criterion.

I mean, imagine some poor schlep who buys another gun peddled with that slogan only to find out later he’d been double-oh-duped.

Is it meaningful or even worthwhile? Meh, but it does actually serve the correct purpose.

Anonymous Coward says:

Patents are like anything else. If you stretch them to cover a larger area, they become thinner. Continued granting of any and all patents will stretch the definition of “patent” so thinly that it has less and less meaning until eventually it breaks and patents become completely meaningless.
Currently, we have reached the point where a 54% result from an arbitrary online survey can define whether or not something can be patented. How it can fall further, I don’t know, but something tells me the USPTO will find a way…

R. Miles (profile) says:

Another answer.

“Who knew that the USPTO could so easily be influenced by online surveys?”
It is a private organization now, Mike. Wave cash, get trademark. It’s not hard to figure out.

Oh, and what the hell’s up with that idiot bar now showing up on the bottom of the page? Can we disable this without having to click the thing every single time?

Dang, I hate these. I’d like to meet the idiot to start this fad and beat the crap out of them.

Isn’t the toolbar below each article enough? Guess not.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

They actually call their gun a PP

Less funny in German of course…. “Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell” Which suprised me – a “K” on German weapons I thought was usually “Kurtz” or “short” for shortened models.

But yes a rather unfortunate translation – you’d think they’d let S&W re-brand it too if they’re letting them sell it under license…. Unless they really do market it as “James Bond’s Gun” in the US. If so, I’m not sure if that says more about the US or Walther’s perception of it…

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Gotta wonder.....

Oh great, a gun for dumb asses:

The “Judge Dredd” thing? No, a gun for soldiers surely?

and as most of the work is done by the computing sight, the user doesn’t need to be an expert marksman to score hits at these long ranges.

Yes. A tool designed for the battlefield to kill the enemy in the most efficient way possible, not to win a skill competition. I’m sure there are people that would dissagree with me but I think that it’s something a civilian should never own.
I’m a tech geek so appreciate the technology involved, but the “I want Judge Dredd’s gun” was sarcasm coming after the James Bond thing. Really, of course, I want a light sabre……. 🙂

Thanatossassin (profile) says:

PPK Handgun Co??

I’m confused, is the company PPK Handgun a separate entity from Carl Walther?

Also, Smith & Wesson is supposedly the only source anyone can acquire new PPKs, so wouldn’t they be the ones more concerned with James Bond’s Choice Weapon?

Plus, James Bond’s weapon of choice is arguable because in recent films & non-fleming novels, he uses a P99.


shifty_eyes says:

Re: PPK Handgun Co??

There is no company named “PPK Handgun,” Mike just made a mistake with his summary.

The Hollywood Reporter article says “When the makers of the PPK handgun first tried to register the the sleek and elegant design…” (with “PPK handgun” in bold)

The actual decision (in the PDF linked by the article) says “Karen A. Brennan of Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. for Carl
Walther GmbH.”

Smith & Wesson distributes Walther branded firearms and accessories in the United States.

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