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Utynam's Heirs

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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