The Trademarking Of Trayvon Martin: A Sad Statement Of Our Times
from the this-is-not-the-way-things-should-work dept
It really does reflect poorly on the state of intellectual property law today that this is what people feel compelled to do.
That said, I still don't understand why she's applying for these marks, or even if the marks are valid. A lawyer for the family makes it clear that she's not looking to make money from the marks, which raises the rather simple question of how they are being "used in commerce" for the sake of a trademark. Separately, you don't need to register for a trademark to have a trademark -- so if the point is just to stop others from profiting off the name, there are ways to do that. But, frankly, why should trademark enter into this discussion at all?