Much like day drinking, family fights, and falling asleep on the couch, this article has become a tradition here at Pirated Thoughts. Happy Thanksgiving!
There are trademark owners and trademark trolls. Several individuals own registered trademarks over the most common of words. Some enforce that protection, some do not. The THANKSGIVING trademark is actually owned by two companies, a winery and a slot machine company.
Truth be told, no one owns Thanksgiving but there are currently 79 either alive or dead trademark registrations containing the THANKSGIVING mark. One is maybe the longest…and dumbest…trademarks you will ever see:
|STAY FIT AND MOTIVATED DURING THE CALORIE-FILLED HOLIDAY SEASON BY PLEDGING TO RUN, WALK OR BIKE AT LEAST ONE MILE EVERY DAY FROM THANKSGIVING UNTIL NEW YEAR’S DAY.|
I wish I could make that up but in December 2015 a company tried to trademark that entire paragraph. Not surprisingly, like so many unfortunate turkeys, the mark is now dead. Some other marks include this blog’s favorites: THANKSGIVING BALLS (now I bet you’re hungry) and THANKSGIVING PANTS, but only two companies own the THANKSGIVING mark.
In 2010, Hidden Wineries in California registered THANKSGIVING in association with its wines and sparkling wines. In 2013, a slot machine company also registered the THANKSGIVING mark for slot and gaming machines. The THANKSGIVING mark is very common and generic on its own but when used in association with products like wine or gaming machines, the mark becomes unique. You are free to use the THANKSGIVING mark on anything but if you do so on wine or slots, these companies will come after you for infringement.
So, two companies actually and technically do own Thanksgiving…the trademark that is. I can’t think of anything better than mixing the two marks for a Thanksgiving treat. So enjoy your THANKSGIVING wine and gamble on your THANKSGIVING slots and have a great turkey day or don’t have any turkey! It’s just as much fun to go meatless.