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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Trademark request denied on "N" word

In a little bit of slightly arts related news, the application for a trademark of the ā€œnā€ word has been rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Actor Damon Wayans has spent 14 months trying get the controversial term trademarked for a full line of clothing and general merchandise he wants to market. Wired News picked up the story, you can find the full article here.
"Wayans can appeal the rejection, but experts in trademark law differ on his chances for success.
Lynda Zadra-Symes, a trademark lawyer in California, said Wayans may be successful. She compared "Nigga" to the successful registration of Dykes on Bikes. The San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent fought the Trademark Office for three years to overturn an initial rejection of a Dykes on Bikes trademark. The mark was published Jan. 24."

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