I was at my local library earlier today and checked out Isaac Asimov’s The Return of The Black Widowers. (It’s a collection of someone’s favorite BW stories and has six stories that had not been previously collected. This book was published last year.) It includes a forward by Harlan Ellison ®. That’s right, Mr. Ellison is now a registered trademark.
I’m assuming this will not prevent someone named Ellison from naming his new baby boy Harlan, nor prevent young Master Ellison from someday becoming a writer with his own name. So what does Mr. Ellison gain by becoming a registered trademark?
Note I am not asking why he did so. I just assume he’s doing it to piss somebody off.