E.U. Cans "Spam Is Ham" Trademark Case

Law360, New York (October 12, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a setback for the company whose pork product has become a synonym for unsolicited e-mail, Hormel Foods Corp. lost a bid in the European Union to trademark the word “spam.”

Hormel argued that the practice of software companies using the word “spam” in their products was diluting Hormel’s brand name.

However, E.U. trademark officials rejected Hormel’s appeal to trademark “spam,” noting that most of the hits yielded by a Google search for the word “spam” only made reference to the definition pertaining to e-mail, not...
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