by Mike Masnick
Thu, Nov 11th 2010 8:24am
It appears that Nintendo has filed for a trademark on "It's On Like Donkey Kong," the popular catchphrase that apparently became popular when Ice Cube used it in a song. Nintendo, of course, has a reasonable trademark on "Donkey Kong" itself. But on that phrase? That seems pretty questionable. Of course, a pretty big clue as to why Nintendo is doing this is covered in CNN's article about the trademark application: this trademark application just happened to have been noticed "just days before the latest Donkey Kong [game] is to be released." Ah, trademark abuse for publicity.
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