Looks like one of Baltimore's favorite words is being run through the U.S. patent office yet again.
A Baltimore man identified as Thaddeus Stamps has applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a trademark on a design that incorporates the word “Hon,” along with an “O” that looks very much like the design used in Baltimore Orioles merchandise.
The application seeks a trademark for the design, which consists of “the stylized cursive letters ‘hOn’ with a border around the text.” The application says the design could be used on hats, shirts, hooded sweatshirts and athletic apparel.
Hats with the logo are currently being offered for sale by an apparel company called Defiant, which lists its address as a Baltimore post office box.
The patent was applied for in November 2012, and was “published for opposition” on Sept. 9 of this year. Anyone who objects to the application has 30 days to notify the patent office.
No one has responded to messages sent this week to Stamps and to Defiant. Orioles spokesman Greg Bader said the team had no comment at this time.
In 2011, Café Hon owner Denise Whiting applied for trademark protection on the word “Hon.” Her actions led to such an outcry, including protests outside her Hampden eatery and boycotts of Honfest (an annual celebration that she initiated), that Whiting ended up withdrawing the application.