Gus G. Sentementes
1:44 PM EDT, April 13, 2012
A man in Overland Park, Kansas, has applied to trademark the phrase that President Obama uttered last month: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
According to Trademarkia.com, Martin Joseph Markley applied for the trademark on March 27. He filed the application in the category of "personal, legal and social services." And the goods and services affiliated with the trademark, the filing shows, are advertising slogans and cartoon characters.
Obama's remarks on the Martin shooting case last month made national headlines. Martin was gunned down in February by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was charged this week with second-degree murder.
Will Markley's trademark filing withstand the scrutiny of a trademark examination? Any trademark experts wish to weigh in? Drop a comment below.
Meantime, another person applied for an "I believe you Zimmerman" trademark."
Lawrence Sekara, according to Trademarkia.com, has plans to use the phrase for marketing on "Bumper stickers; Decorative stickers for helmets; Magnetic bumper stickers; Stickers; Stickers, Beer mugs; Coffee cups, tea cups and mugs; Coffee mugs; Cups and mugs; Earthenware mugs; Glass mugs; Porcelain mugs; Apparel for dancers, namely, tee shirts, sweatshirts, pants, leggings, shorts and jackets; Athletic apparel, namely, shirts, pants, jackets, footwear, hats and caps, athletic uniforms; Body shirts; Button down shirts; Button-front aloha shirts; Camouflage shirts; Camp shirts; Clothing for athletic use, namely, padded shirts; Collared shirts."
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