#cockygate thread - 1/? - Remember: Just because someone was issued a TM does NOT mean it's a valid TM. That's why there's a process. It was a screw-up on the part of the USPTO to grant it in the first place.
#cockygate 2/ - Someone fell asleep at the switch. A challenge/cancellation is part of the process. If someone has a valid TM, it'll stand. If not, it'll fail. Why fight a challenge filing if you think you'll prevail?
#cockygate 3/ - You don't. You let the process work. You don't file suit to "chill" challenge attempts. Unless you know you've done something that will be overturned.
#cockygate 4/ - For example, if you steal a trailer, take it home, claim you "built" it (is a thing) and someone from tag office inspects it and gives you a new title & registration, is it their fault? NO. It's YOURS.
#cockygate 5/ - If you steal a hotrod, claim you built it, get a false title/tag for it, is it the tag office's fault? NO. It's YOURS.
#cockygate 6/ - That doesn't mean you can file a lawsuit to chill the rightful owner from coming after you later. You getting something by less than honest means does NOT mean it's "yours." It means you're a decent scammer.
#cockygate 7/ - Once we get through this mess, on the back side of it, we need to light up Congress' phones and demand changes to the USPTO office methods. There are a flood of apps coming in from China now for stuff.
#cockygate 8/ - How scary would it be if freedom of speech is chilled because people TM'd individual words that aren't company marks? Especially TMs owned by a foreign power? Think about THAT long and hard.
#cockygate 9/ This is NOT "jealous authors." This is TERRIFIED authors who are seeing a threat to our FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. No one begrudges if she wanted to TM her series name (which is apparently CockER Brothers). That would be FINE.
#cockygate 10/ - If you're thinking this is a "silly Romlandia thing" then think again. This impacts ALL of us. This is FREEDOM OF SPEECH AT RISK.
#cockygate 11/ - Common-use words should NEVER be allowed to be TM'd, and usually aren't. We need a secondary fight to make sure the USPTO starts using OED and/or Merriam-Webster or SOMETHING to prevent recurrences of this kind of BS.
#cockygate 12/ - Because you know what else pisses me off? OUR FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS ARE NOW BEING WASTED TO TRY THIS CASE BECAUSE A ENTITLEMENT-MINDED PERSON GOT AWAY WITH SOMETHING AND WANTS TO KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH IT WHILE THREATENING OUR FIRST AMENDMENT.
#cockygate 13/ - If THAT doesn't piss you off, it should. This isn't about writers "jealous" -- of who, someone most of us NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE? No. Sorry. Thanks for playing. This is FREE SPEECH. THAT should scare you and make you want to at least pay attention to this.
#cockygate 14/ - Because if we DON'T take a stand NOW, this kind of shit will continue. Writers and others NEED to learn that NO, you CANNOT abuse the USPTO system like this. You CANNOT try to chill freedom of speech like this.
#cockygate 15/ - Because if we lose freedom of speech over someone BUYING words from our US government, you know what? We're ALLLLL fucked.

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#cockygate 16/ (Sorry, 1 more thought.) AUTHORS - This is a lesson to you. Name your series something UNIQUE. Then you CAN TM the series name w/o being a dick or stepping on others. RESEARCH first. This is Writing 101 stuff. If you don't, then don't try to TM and screw others.
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