Here are some examples of trademarked drug names: Tylenol, Bufferin, Ex-lax. I figure that these names were invented by the marketing people of whoever originally made them, in order to have a catchy name that would induce people to buy the product.
Here are some names of various chemicals: Hydrogen peroxide, sodium citrate, nitrous oxide, acetylsalicylic acid. These names don’t seem to have been invented at all. Chemists derived them from the molecular structure of the stuff. It’s more of a description than a name, so no one can trademark them, any more than they can trademark the words “table” or “meat”.
Now here’s my question:
What about ibuprofen acetaminophen, and others? They are used by everyone, but they seem to have been invented. Anyone know what I mean?
It is as if someone invented a new sweetener, and they said, “Hmmm… let’s give this thing two names. To industry people, everyone can call it ‘aspartame’. But let’s get ourselves a whole bunch of money by selling it to consumers as … [insert drum roll here] … ‘NutraSweet’!!!”