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Do IP practitioners have a sense of humour?

James Nurton

Lawyers are not know for their sense of humour, and patent attorneys (sad to say) even less so. So we were not optimistic when we invited our twitter followers to suggest puns for a headline on a trade mark story. Did we underestimate them?

The invitation was in response to an article published in London’s Metro newspaper, and concerned the football club Tottenham Hotspur’s cockerel logo (right). There was also a discussion on the matter on Talk Radio last night.

According to the report, Tottenham have taken action to stop non-league club Fleet Spurs from using a similar (in fact, derivative) badge.

Fleet have apparently decided not to fight. Tottenham said they dealt with the matter amicably and with common sense.

It’s an everyday story of trade mark troubles, except that it involves football, slightly mismatched opponents and a picture of a cockerel. There must, we thought, be some good puns in this. So we asked our twitter followers to suggest some.

Here’s what they’ve come up with so far:

@UnitaryPatent Cockfight ends with Rebrand'

@ClioDavies1 Sounds like they've got them running chicken! #Trademark

@gwilip trust it was for a poultry sum.

Sadly, no response yet from @twobirdsip

So were we wrong to dismiss IP practitioners’ sense of humour? You be the judge.


Article Comments

The USPTO refused to issue the trademark C*ck S*ck*r for lollipops (bowlderised here so that hopefully you won't censor this), and their decision was upheld in court. I wonder why? (LOL!) It also used a c*ck*r*l in the logo.

Alun Palmer, US Patent Agent, Reg. No. 47,838

Alun Palmer Nov 20, 2013

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