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Glix
09-14-2003, 10:43 AM
I've seen the words "good thing (tm)" used in a variety of different places, just search for it on google to see. What I'm confused about is why so many people feel the need to put (tm) on the end of it, anyone have any ideas from where or why this practice come about?

Exapno Mapcase
09-14-2003, 11:00 AM
It's been trademarked by Martha Stewart (http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=v9meuo.3.1) and is therefore a subject of much mockery on the Net.

Glix
09-14-2003, 11:06 AM
ahh, thanks for the definitive answer :)

Carnac the Magnificent!
09-14-2003, 11:12 AM
How in the world Martha Stewart (or anyone else) can trademark for advertising purpose a common, everyday expression, is beyond me.

Duckster
09-14-2003, 11:20 AM
Originally posted by Carnac the Magnificent!
How in the world Martha Stewart (or anyone else) can trademark for advertising purpose a common, everyday expression, is beyond me.


Andthat's not a good thing.

:D

DarrenS
09-14-2003, 11:49 AM
For completeness, the Jargon File's (http://info.astrian.net/jargon/terms/g/Good_Thing.html) explanation of the term as applied to computers.

Dignan
09-14-2003, 01:01 PM
Originally posted by Carnac the Magnificent!
How in the world Martha Stewart (or anyone else) can trademark for advertising purpose a common, everyday expression, is beyond me.

Not me, I think it's an entirely fair and balanced practice.

bibliophage
09-14-2003, 02:03 PM
Originally posted by Exapno Mapcase
It's been trademarked by Martha Stewart (http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=v9meuo.3.1) and is therefore a subject of much mockery on the Net. Martha Steward or her company did own trademarks using the phrase "It's a good thing". But as far as I know, all those trademarks (serial numbers 76405239, 74702308, and 74572334) are now listed as "abandoned". From the records, I get the idea that the owners failed to respond to complaints made to the Patent and Trademark Office.

Exapno Mapcase
09-14-2003, 02:50 PM
What about serial number 2272142, which is the page I linked to? It said it's still live.

Hmm. I see that the page I linked to timed out. So here is the data given there. (It's not copyrighted, being a government site.)

Typed Drawing
Word Mark GOOD THING
Goods and Services IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: ENTERTAINMENT IN THE NATURE OF SEGMENTS OF ON-GOING TELEVISION PROGRAMS IN THE FIELDS OF FOOD, COOKING, HOME DECORATING, GARDENING, CHILDCARE, HOMEMAKING, HOME CARE, HOUSEKEEPING, ENTERTAINING, WEDDINGS, NATURE, CRAFTS, ANTIQUE COLLECTING, AND HOLIDAY PLANNING. FIRST USE: 19930900. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19930900
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 75516347
Filing Date July 9, 1998
Published for Opposition June 1, 1999
Registration Number 2272142
Registration Date August 24, 1999
Owner (REGISTRANT) MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA LLC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY DELAWARE 20 West 43rd Street, 25th Floor New York NEW YORK 10036
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record HOWARD J SHIRE
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE