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Sarah, Bristol Palin seek to Trademark names

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Sarah Palin is attempting to trademark her name ahead of a possible 2012 presidential run.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate filed paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November to register the trademark.

The federal office is seeking more information and examples of usage. The office is also seeking additional details for the application submitted in September by Palin's daughter, Bristol, a contestant on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" last year.

Palin's attorney, John J. Tiemessen, said Friday that he has six months to provide the information.

"We are preparing to respond to all their questions for both," he told The Associated Press by telephone from his office in Fairbanks.

He said he couldn't disclose the reasons why both applied for trademarks because of attorney-client privilege.

But Seattle lawyer Marshall J. Nelson, with the firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, says it's not that unusual for entertainers to trademark their names.

"Everybody's name is sort of their brand, and once it gets associated with goods or services, then it functions as a trademark," Nelson said. Once a name is trademarked, he said, it gives the holder additional remedies to recover profits and damages if someone uses the name inappropriately.

That holds true for politicians as well as entertainers.

"The fact that you happen to be a political figure certainly doesn't prevent you from identifying your name in connection with your products," Nelson said, noting that one of the earliest trademarks in U.S. history was granted to Paul Revere for his pots and pans — something that lives on today with Revere cooking products.

Both of the Palins' trademark applications state: "The mark consists of standard characters, without claim to any particular font, style, size, or color."

Sarah Palin listed usage of the trademark for a website featuring information about political elections; political issues; and educational and entertainment services, including motivational speaking in the fields of politics, culture, business and values.

In initially denying the applications and seeking more information, the trademark office noted that neither Palin signed her application, a requirement.

The office also said Sarah Palin's request under political elections needed more examples of usage rather than the submitted grab of a Web page featuring a news article about Fox News hiring her as a consultant.

It also is seeking more examples of usage of the name for the political issues section, other than postings on her Facebook page. This "does not show use of the mark as 'providing a website featuring . .' Rather the proposed mark merely appears as a posting name," U.S. Patent and Trademark Office attorney Karen K. Bush wrote.

Bristol Palin was thrust into the national spotlight shortly after Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., picked Palin as his running mate in the 2008 race and Palin announced her unwed, teenage daughter was pregnant.

She has since become a spokeswoman for an organization that seeks to motivate young people to prevent teen pregnancy. Her trademark application cited motivational speaking services in the field of life choices.

The younger Palin's appearance on a panel discussing abstinence at Washington University in St. Louis was canceled this month after students expressed outrage she would be paid from student-generated funds.


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Re: Sarah, Bristol Palin seek to Trademark names
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In initially denying the applications and seeking more information, the trademark office noted that neither Palin signed her application, a requirement.


That shows great attention to detail. Also, it shows that she can hire/appoint great people to help her - how did her attorney miss the fact that they didn't sign the f-ing form?!?


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Re: Sarah, Bristol Palin seek to Trademark names
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This opens up all kinds of marketing opportunities:

* Get your Sarah Palin binoculars while supplies last! Spot moose herds from helicopters! See Russia from your house! Order now and get a second pair free, with ultra-zoom lenses so you can see our troops defending North Korea!

* Sarah Palin world maps. Find countries you didn't know existed, like Africa and many others too numerous to name.

* Sarah Palin dental equipment. Drill, baby drill!

* Palin Family mixed nuts.

* Sarah Palin Tea Bags. Drop one in a cup of hot water and you'll be tasting the zesty tang of historical revisionism in no time. Mix it with Michele Bachmann's Special Blend, and you'll be drinking the tea our founding fathers drank while they worked tirelessly to abolish slavery.

* And coming soon!! The Sarah Palin Television Network. Features only one channel so there's none of that messy rational discussion and debate that detracts from Right Wing talking points.

Brought to you by Sarah Palin, the official sponsor of the 2012 Republican National Convention.


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Bristol Palin pregnancy tests? Gives you the ability to knock boots while a teenager then get righteous and say its wrong.

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and charge self-righteous fees to say it's wrong. yeah, that's the ticket.

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Re: Sarah, Bristol Palin seek to Trademark names
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If the pregnancy test comes up positive, it would lead to the Palin family Shotgun Wedding Kit!

All the items you need to protect the family's "honor", plus a book on how to keep the dirty, dirty boy in the equation quiet from going to the press with family secrets. If all else fails, a stick is provided to push him out your window into Russia.

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Re: Sarah, Bristol Palin seek to Trademark names

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Better get some of those Palin™ Nailin' Sheilds. (Not for use under the age of 18)

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Re: Sarah, Bristol Palin seek to Trademark names
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if im not mistaken dosent it mean, that when people put her name one stuff they would have to pay her? like that going rouge book or what ever making fun of her?

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Those who mock President Palin now will be rounded up on January 20, 2013!

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Wheelert, you're a smart guy. You don't really support Palin do you?

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This opens up all kinds of marketing opportunities:


And the possibility of an opponent using her name in an ad campaign and getting sued for trademark infringement?

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Re: Sarah, Bristol Palin seek to Trademark names
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SaneJane wrote:
This opens up all kinds of marketing opportunities:


And the possibility of an opponent using her name in an ad campaign and getting sued for trademark infringement?


What? That's only part of the plan. She will play both sides of the T-shirt game! Of course she will sue over TM infringement...but she'll make more money as the official "F-you Sarah Palin" T-shirt provider.

I would think that the ultimate schadenfreude would be making money off of your biggest enemies who buy stuff to show how much they hate you!

That's how my twisted mind works anyway :)

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Hannity: Sarah...these horrible but reasonably priced T-shirts are really saying some nasty things.

Palin: (Pulls jacket sleeve over new Rolex)... Well Sean, It's been tough. You just never know how far people will go until you speak up in defense of America.

Audience: USA! USA! USA! USA!





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You're first in line to be re-educated Stonestreet.


No, seriously, she has the same chance as the Sioux gave Custer.

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You're first in line to be re-educated Stonestreet.


No, seriously, she has the same chance as the Sioux gave Custer.


I'm a liberal but I respect and can listen to many conservative leaders. Sarah Palin is not one of them. Everytime she opens her mouth I wonder what dumb thing she is going to say next.

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And now a new horror movie by Sarah Palin Productions "Death Panel " throughout the movie you are led to wonder if the Death Panel exists only to find out that the protagonist ( to be played by Elizabeth Hasselbeck) lied about it's existence to begin with. I think M Night Shaylahan or however you spell it directs it.

Palin Sympathy Mirror - Gain a lot of weight and still think you can get in a skimpy gown and Dance with The Stars.

Todd Palin Secession Kit- break Alaska away from the US in 10 easy steps.

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Re: Sarah, Bristol Palin seek to Trademark names
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Well, Palin is benefiting from the myth that what this country needs is "good ole' down home common sense and values"

It may need that, but it also needs a leader with a basic grasp of the global situation, a basic understanding of the systems at play and a willingness to have that knowledge enhanced on an ad hoc basis by experts, and a willingness to work for everyone's benefit, not just those that you have affiliations with.

I see none of that in SP. The thing that scares me is that Regan got elected because the left kept calling him stupid and incompetent. It bolstered his credibility as an outsider to the point where many today do not know or believe that he raised taxes. If the name calling and fun poking does not stop we could be in the exact same boat.

I would like to think that our education system has not degraded to the point that our citizens have lost the critical thinking skills to realize that she is woefully inappropriate for any political position. Constant snarking at her elevates her in the eyes of the outsider.

Be careful!

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