Can You Trademark Awareness Of A Disease?

from the someone's-trying dept

BoingBoing has the latest story of trademark insanity, where a "charity" focused on the rare, but apparently serious disease of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), is trying to trademark the phrase "Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness" and appears to be threatening other charities for using the phrase, and (according to this petition) has filed complaints to get fundraising stores shut down for using the phrase. The whole thing is so bizarre, and so far outside the purpose of trademark law that it's really difficult to understand how this issue could have gone as far as it has. But, you have to say one thing for the charity doing this: they have "raised awareness" of CDH.

Filed Under: awareness, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, trademark


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    Joann, 16 Jan 2009 @ 1:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: CDH Awareness

    Jim - do you believe everything you read on the internet? I hope not because apparently if you read this on-line Petition and sign it - which will do nothing but give you a inbox of spam - you can see that this woman who is now pleading for a pro bono attorney has made a mountain out of a molehill.

    The organizations that don't say anything and don't air the dirt - or galf it off and just continue to do their work - ahum - Obama Campaign vs. McCain - for example. Usually have the winning ace up their sleave.

    The answer was filed and the CEO may be an attorney or in law by the way it is written - if not - she's brighter than this one begging for an attorney who wrote a piss poor Petition.

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