USPTO Nixes Post-Bombing 'Boston Strong' Trademark Bids

Law360, New York (July 15, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday rejected four requests to register the phrase "Boston Strong" as a trademark, finding that the phrase offering support for victims of the April terrorist bombing does not function as a trademark.

Massachusetts-based T-shirt maker Born Into It Inc. and several individuals sought to register a trademark on "Boston Strong" in the days following the April 15 attack at the Boston Marathon. However, a USPTO examiner found that the phrase became "ubiquitous" after the bombing and cannot be a...
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