A monthly column devoted to IP curiosities and controversies, named in honour of John of Utynam - who received the world's first recorded patent in 1449
Home sweet home
Utynam would have expected that Martha Stewart, the US
domestic goddess whose reputation took a bit of a knock after
she was sent to jail in an insider trading scam, to have gotten
along with her neighbours just fine. The world's most famous
homemaker is bound to keep her garden tidy and be ready with
glasses of homemade lemonade for thirsty passers-by. But now it
seems that Martha is in the midst of one of those most
unwelcome things: a neighbour dispute.
Martha's neighbours are unhappy that the former jailbird
wants to trade mark the name of her hometown, Katonah. The
Katonah Village Improvement Society has voted to take action to
stop the town's name from being used to market Martha's range
of home furnishings. But Utynam is surprised to...
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