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Love it or leave it – The Hut

Posted by ipelton on: June 29th, 2009

Leave it – The Hut

Apparently Pizza Hut, in an effort to turn itself around in this economy is re-branding itself as “The Hut” with a new logo.

See: http://www.idsgn.org/posts/pizza-the-hut/

New Logo for The Hut

New Logo for "The Hut"

To me, the Hut does not sound like a place to get a great mean.  “Pizza Hut” is marginally better.  Unless the modifications at “The Hut” include a menu that does not focus on pizza, I think this logo, brand, and restaurant are bound to fail.  The Hut sounds like a desperate attempt to be cool and to appeal to youth. Also, the new logo (and old one) have only one image – that of the roof.  Is the building really the best thing about your brand, your food, your restaurant?

Lesson: If you change your brand, do you risk alienating your current customers? What message are you communicating with this change?  To me, the change to “The Hut” communicates desperation and an appeal to youth.

Love it or Leave it – Citi Field logo

Posted by ipelton on: June 28th, 2009

Citi Field logo – leave it

This logo for the new New York Mets stadium fails for several reasons.

– It looks like the Domino pizza logo.

– It conveys nothing about Citi financial services or baseball (OK, I admit it does contain an umbrella and may suggest the shape of a baseball diamond.

– The Citi name is the focus, not the field or the opening of the new stadium, which seems to just scream pure corporate sponsorship (I admit, I am a bit of a baseball purist and in general find too much advertising connected to the games — I know that position is somewhat contrary to my position as a trademark attorney promoting brand development!)

– To me, all it says is: we paid a lot of money to attach the Citi name to this stadium and had to find a way to put our name on the uniforms and everywhere possible to try to justify the investment.

– Last years special Mets logo commemorating the final season at Shea stadium was much more interesting, it features the NYC skyline, some of the stadium, and a much more interesting design.

Lesson: Don’t waste valuable advertising space by failing to communicate a message.

Love it or leave it – FedEx logo

Posted by ipelton on: June 28th, 2009

Love it or leave it – trademarks that impress me or disappoint me

FedEx logo (love it)

I am very fond of the FedEx logo.

FedEx Express logo

FedEx Express logo

The name and logo convey speed.  There is a hidden arrow in the logo subliminally suggesting speed and getting your package from one place to another.  (http://www.moillusions.com/2006/05/fedex-logo-optical-illusion.html)  The FedEx brand name is unique and easy to remember.  And it is consistent.  All FedEx services are branded “FedEx”. FedEx bought Kinko’s several years back and until recently the service was called “FedEx Kinko’s”.  Now it is being re-named FedEx Office. All of FedEx’s services feature the FedEx name and logo and a generic term, so they all promote the overall brand, its consistency and service.

Lesson: Cohesiveness makes a brand even stronger.  A five letter brand name and logo can convey a real and important message, in this case speed.

EMP&A Registrations This Week

Posted by ipelton on: June 28th, 2009

I will try to post a weekly update of registrations received for our clients so that readers can see the real examples of brands and marks which are being protected.  (These are all public records.)

REJECT RESIST REVOLT – http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77617213

– http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77608118

XTREME POWER CONVERSION – http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77608097

VITALITY FINANCIAL – http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77495923

STORYCASTING – http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77462740

BRAVI! BEGINNINGS – http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77090572

5 quick tips for protecting your brand

Posted by ipelton on: June 28th, 2009
  1. Choose Wisely – The more creative your brand name is, the greater the odds that it is unique.  More distinctive and create name or slogan is generally more capable of standing out among the competition and becoming a brand with real value. Which sounds like a more exciting brand, a more valuable brand: “Jim’s Gym” or “Vantage Fitness“? “Cincinnati Frozen Yogurt” or “fraîche”? “Joe’s Pizza” or “Pie-tanza”“Search.com” or “Google”?
  2. Use it – The more you use your trademarks – brand names, logos and slogans – the stronger and more distinctive they become and the more your likely customers are to remember your brand and to use it to tell others about it.
  3. Distinguish It – Use ALL CAPS, bold or italics to emphasize your brand as often as you can.  Then the customer knows exactly what your brand is.
  4. Register it – Registration enhances the protection and the value of your trademark assets.
  5. Create Google Alerts – An easy and free way to monitor for others copying your brand or commenting on it.  If you find a possible infringement, contact an attorney. www.google.com/alerts

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