This week marks 1 year since the marathon bombings in Boston. Within 48 hours of those horrible events, people filed trademark applications. As I said at the time:

A mere 48 hours following the tragic events at last Monday’s Boston Marathon, two different applicants filed to protect the phrase BOSTON STRONG with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These efforts to control use of the phrase in connection with clothing (a) would be virtually impossible to enforce even if granted because their use is likely to be ornamental and is not unique, and (b) are [in my opinion] deplorable. The phrase has a community origin for a positive cause to show Boston’s pride and resilience. Many others are already selling such shirts to raise money to benefit the victims, such as which is donating one hundred percent of the proceeds from its “Boston Strong” design to The One Fund. The MBTA is displaying “Boston Strong” messages today on its buses.

Any effort to try to stop others from promoting the same BOSTON STRONG message is appalling. I would encourage Kerim Senkal and Born Into It, Inc. to immediately abandon these applications and to indicate that they will not attempt to stop anyone else from using the phrase for charitable or other causes.

Those two applications have since been abandoned. But others were also filed. Three of the filed applications have not yet been abandoned, but they have been refused registration by the USPTO for failing to function as trademarks.

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Since the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013, and the popularity of the “Boston Strong” phrase, many USPTO trademark filings have been made for marks featuring “______ Strong.”

For example, see the list below [click for USPTO records]:

plus more than a dozen filings for TEXAS STRONG by a variety of different parties!

Great marathon trademarks

Posted by ipelton on: April 16th, 2014

I’ve been posting all week about marathon related marks. Here are some great marathon names, logos, and slogans [click marks for USPTO records]:


The number of trademark applications filed in 2013 was essentially identical to the number in 2012 and 2011.  The filing numbers in 2014 are off to a similar start.  In the first three months of 2014, there were nearly the same amount as in the same period last year.

New trademark application filings at the USPTO:

  • First 3 months of 2014: 79,988 new applications filed
  • First 3 months of 2013:  80,011 new applications filed
  • First 3 months of 2012: 81,077 new applications filed
  • Last 3 months of 2013: 76,987 new applications filed

[Note: All data retrieved via TESS search on on April 13, 2014]

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Boston Marathon trademarks

Posted by ipelton on: April 14th, 2014

This week marks the 1 year anniversary since last years Boston Marathon terrorist bombings. Next Monday, the race will be run again – for the 118th time.  And I will be on the starting line in Hopkinton! I am running to raise money for Boston Medical Center.

The Boston Athletic Association runs the race and owns the trademarks, including these [click for USPTO records]:

  • Mark Image
  • BOSTON MARATHON - registered since 1985 for “ENTERTAINMENT SERVICE, NAMELY STAGING MARATHON RACES.” Used in commerce since 1897!