Yeah, I figured - and no worries. It's probably still information that's good to have, and maybe someone else will find it useful.
I saw that. By a former IP litigator no less, but I think he was more patent than TM. But this situation is spiraling downward. RWA is involved and helping people. Amazon is booting series amdvreviews with the word cocky in it. She posted s two hour long diatribe explaining how she’s being attacked. It’s bad.There is already a petition to cancel the trademark registration. I believe it has been filed with the TTAB.
I saw that. By a former IP litigator no less, but I think he was more patent than TM. But this situation is spiraling downward. RWA is involved and helping people. Amazon is booting series amdvreviews with the word cocky in it. She posted s two hour long diatribe explaining how she’s being attacked. It’s bad.
I feel bad for this author, who crazily, because this world is small, happens to be friends with an old high school pal of mine. So...I used to think quite highly of her and now am like...whoa. BUT...in fairness, she was trying to protect her brand. This situation is an important one to witness for many reasons and honestly, she just went about it the wrong way. Should we all be so smart to study what trademark truly is and I think there was a failure to do just that in this case. Someone at the trademark office didn't do their job effectively. The fact that the single word could be trademarked is ridiculous. However, it seems the RWA has stepped in and at least stopped this from going any further (taking down more books with the word on the title) until things get more resolved.
Yeah the series name trademarked makes much, much more sense. The piggyback reasons she gave are, well, questionable imo. I won't go into it any further than that, given there were books published prior to the trademark being granted with the word (or a version of it) on the title/cover. The word is a trope in romance, and what this could effectively do is jeopardize creativity and rob authors of their livelihood (in a bigger version of this). It just seems like more common sense could've been placed behind it all...you know??
Branding should make it unquestionable who you are. That's the whole point of it. I didn't buy this one for a second.She's also arguing she is doing it to protect her readers, which doesn't hold up well. Trademarks can serve a consumer protection function, but here you have the author's name right on the book. Not likely her fan will buy someone else's book by mistake.
True...and you're right in that the specific word in question being trademarked doesn't affect any of us on this site (highly doubt it but stranger things have happened).Hi,
Actually I don't have a problem with this woman trying to trademark the word "Cocky". I understand what she wants to do. It's what her attempt at trademarking does that's the issue. Trademarks exist to protect your products. She wants to stop other people from jumping on her bandwagon and using the term to suggest to readers that their books are part of the same creative world. But she goes far beyond that in suggesting that any use of the word "cocky" infringes on her rights.
It's not impossible that someone here might write a book that uses the word in its title, but that said book has no relation to hers and the title does mean to suggest that it does. They should not be affected.