My Life. My Card. My Intellectual Property Battle.

from the the-world-we-live-in dept

Barely a day goes by when we don't hear of yet another story about some sort of intellectual property claim being asserted where it doesn't belong. It's a function of a current culture where people are being incorrectly taught that every idea, every concept, every word and every sound should be protected and "owned" despite the fact that these things, by their very nature, are infinite and can be freely shared at no cost to anyone. The latest such case involves a guy who apparently pitched the slogan "My Card. My Life" to American Express a while back. Soon afterwards, entirely independently, AmEx's own ad agency pitched the same slogan, which is now being used. After discovering that the other guy was trying to trademark (we assume, even though the article claims "patent") the phrase, AmEx sued to get a declaratory judgment that its use of the phrase did not infringe. Thankfully, a judge has agreed that no infringement occurred. Yet, in this age, where we're being incorrectly bombarded with the message that ideas can be owned and protected, it's no surprise that American Express would worry about such a thing.

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    IPLAW, 20 Mar 2008 @ 5:47pm

    AmEx is still dealing with a case right now.

    as posted here and many other blogs....
    http://adweek.blogs.com/adfreak/2006/09/my_card_my_work.html
    http://www.exclusiverights. net/200628
    This is something that AmEx has been dealing with for some time now. This guy (Okeefe) seems to have a strong case. Who knows.

    anyways that's my .02cents

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